>> Sprayfoam: Safe, Effective Insulation Option
Over the years spray foam has slowly earned growing acceptance in more and more residential projects and there are good reasons why. Spray foam delivers amazing energy performance because it does three things well: it seals perfectly to limit air leakage into your home, it delivers significant insulating value and it solves moisture and condensation problems in cold climates like nothing else can. In fact, spray foam is the only reliable choice for some very specific and common Canadian home insulation challenges.
>> Governor Cuomo Announces Establishment of Clean Energy Standard That Mandates 50 Percent Renewables by 2030
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York State Public Service Commission's approval of New York’s Clean Energy Standard, the most comprehensive and ambitious clean energy mandate in the state's history, to fight climate change, reduce harmful air pollution, and ensure a diverse and reliable energy supply. The Clean Energy Standard will require 50 percent of New York's electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030, with an aggressive phase in schedule over the next several years.
>> Study from Trucost Finds Plastics Reduce Environmental Costs by Nearly 4 Times Compared to Alternatives
A new study by Trucost finds the environmental cost of using plastics in consumer goods and packaging is nearly four times less than it would be if plastics were replaced with alternative materials. The study is based on natural capital accounting methods, which measure and value environmental impacts—such as consumption of natural water and emissions to air, land and water—which are not typically factored into traditional financial accounting.
>> Energy Usage Falls While Global Economy Grows
The amount of coal, oil, gas and renewable energy used by the global economy is falling quickly, a clear sign that economic growth is having less of an impact on climate change than in the past, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Energy.
>> Dow Recognized for World-Class Customer Excellence
Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), remains the only recipient of the prestigious "Partners of Choice" Award from David Weekley Homes to receive straight "A, A" ratings in quality and service for twelve consecutive years, the longest consecutive winner of more than 200 participating companies. David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held home builder, has been evaluating suppliers since 2004 with its world-class Supplier Evaluation Platform.
>> Johnson Controls Donates $100,000 to ASHRAE Research
Johnson Controls has donated $100,000 to ASHRAE Research. The donation will help fund research that supports the development of safety standards regarding the use of mildly flammable, low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.