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World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

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Originally published on Renew Economy. A small terrace house in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe is hosting what is believed to be the world’s first building integrated solar system that generates electricity as well as heat. The array combines thin-film solar PV and solar thermal technologies into a steel sheet roofing product produced by […]

Fire Safety in Green Buildings Webinar

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              Presenter: Brian J. Meacham, Associate Professor, Fire Protection Engineering and Architectural Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Many new commercial facilities are being designed and constructed with an objective of achieving a “green building” certification. There are many sustainable building features and products that singly or together may have an […]

Solar Power & Firefighting Training Material

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Do you know what Photovoltaic (PV) is? What are the safety hazards with PV? What tactics should be used at fires with PV present? How do I secure utilities on a PV system? If you are not able to answer these questions, then hopefully this post can give you the sources to gain the knowledge […]

Energy Efficient Windows Can Melt Vinyl Siding

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The Effect of Reflected Sunlight from Low-e and other Double Paned Window Glass on Vinyl Siding: OVERVIEW Glass in double paned windows may on occasion slightly warp or deflect due to a difference in barometric pressure between the interior of the glass panes and the outside air pressure. This can create a concavity in the […]

Solar Panel Cause of Fire at Webster Groves High School

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WEBSTER GROVES Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire Saturday on the roof of Webster Groves High School, officials said. The fire broke out about 1:45 p.m. The cause has not yet been determined, but Webster Groves Battalion Chief Tom Yohe said it was “possible” the fire was sparked by one of the school’s solar panels. Departments from […]

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John Shafer

An 18 year veteran of  the fire service, and currently a Lieutenant and the Training Officer for the Greencastle Fire Department.  An Indiana regionally recognized instructor on building construction, fireground search and command management, he has traveled throughout the State of Indiana delivering specialized training programs on building construction, fireground search and firefighter safety.

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