New NIST Laboratory to test Net-Zero Home

The following information was released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): NIST Unveils Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility to Improve Testing of Energy-Efficient Technologies In a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, the U.S. Commerce Departments National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home […]

Fire Training Toolbox

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Greetings to all, I am very excited to tell you about the newest endeavor we have started. Many of the training officers around me already knew that I would do a monthly group email  to my list of training folks. Sharing  what training outlines and such that I have developed for that month for my […]

Cold Formed Steel

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Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) is the common term for products made by rolling or pressing thin gauges of sheet steel into goods. Cold-formed steel goods are created by the working of sheet steel using stamping, rolling, or presses to deform the sheet into a usable product. Cold worked steel products are commonly used in all areas […]

New St. Paul Fire HQ Has Green Roof

St. Paul’s new Fire Department Headquarters and Station 1 opened on September 10, 2010.  The Headquarters is the first city-owned building to feature an environmentally-friendly green roof.   Chief Tim Butler and architect Loren Abraham tell about the advantages of this unique new facility. Just a reminder that Green Maltese has a Submit A Green Firehouse […]

Safe Building Codes Incentive Act

  A bi-partisan bill seeking support from public safety aims to reduce loss of life and damages after disasters. A hearing for the Safe Building Codes Incentive Act is set for this Tuesday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m. and will be webcast live. The Safe Building Code Incentive Act would create a financial incentive for […]

Green Construction & Building a Brighter Future

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Before I share a special guest article.I would like to invite everyone to join me this Friday at Firehouse Expo  @Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, MD I am very excited and honored to be teaching this year. Green Building Construction For The Fire Service 7/20/2012 12:00:00 PM  Room 343 Description: This presentation will examine various green […]

WHAT ARE SIPs?

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SIPs is an acronym for Structural Insulated Panel. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are a high performance building system for residential and light commercial construction. The panels consist of an insulating rigid foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB). SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit […]

The Greenest College Campuses

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Compiled By: Online Colleges Guide

Greenroofs: Wind & Fire Video from Virtual Summit 2011

This is a great discussion about Green Roof Wind & Fire Codes from Virtual Summit 2011 panel. Panel members: Kelly Luckett, Mike Ennis, and Jim Kirby Description: No longer can the green roof be deleted from a project due to failure to comply with the fire code. After three years in the making from members of Single Ply […]

Bethlehem Fire Department responds to incident involving solar concentrator

The fire alarm was activated and Hever and WDIY’s Executive Director Bill Dautremont-Smith evacuated WDIY volunteers from the building before the Bethlehem Fire Department arrived and doused the smoldering panel.

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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.