Tag Archives: Building Construction

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 […]

In Honor of Firefighter Mark Falkenhan, CLOSE THE DOOR!

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On the evening on January 19, 2011 Fire Fighter Mark Falkenhan lost his life while working inside a building fire. While we should try to honor all LODD, this one holds a special place in my heart because at the time of his death I was on my quest to learn more about fire behavior […]

CLOSE THE DOOR a civilians guide to saving lives and property!

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Please share this valuable life saving presentation! This module was created for you to share with your communities, and create more awareness of the importance of CLOSING THE DOOR! (Click on photo to access FREE online module) Also for more information on Closing The Door fire prevention click on the links below: http://greenmaltese.com/2013/02/close-the-door-for-life/ http://greenmaltese.com/2012/10/is-your-fire-prevention-message-up-to-date/ Thanks […]

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 […]

Spray Foam Basics for the Fire Service

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Energy efficiency is a high priority in today’s buildings as compared to the past. Chief reasons driving the change are the perceived benefits to the environment and most importantly, the economic benefit to the building owner and occupants. Various methods and materials are used in modern building construction to achieve a higher performing building, in […]

Behind Scenes Of Recent UL Test

Green Maltese presents a small behind the scene look at recent fire service testing done at Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Note: This isn’t a official video of UL. The purpose of this video is to allow you a look at testing conducted this week at UL and provide you a little preview of more great things […]

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 […]

FDIC 2013

The Super Bowl of Firefighting is just about a month away! If you have never been then you need to make plans to attend NOW! I am very happy and honored to be presenting again this year and would like to invite you to attend my class on 4/25/2013 Video Trailer: Class Information: Hazards of […]

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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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