Tag Archives: Green

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Fire Safety Challenges of Green Buildings Report

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Fire Safety Challenges of Green Buildings Author: Brian Meacham, Brandon Poole, Juan Echeverria and Raymond Cheng, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Re-posted by permission  of Brian Meacham NFPA Introduction 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 […]

Expect more Foam Sheathing Insulation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 6, 2012) – The Foam Sheathing Committee (FSC) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), through an industry effort, achieved an important change in gaining broad acceptance of a performance-based standard for the use of foam insulation products in all code complying commercial applications during the recent International Building Code (IBC) Final Action […]

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 […]

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 […]

NFPA & Green Builder® Media to partner at VISION House®

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has partnered with Green Builder® Media, North America’s leading media company focused on sustainable living to participate in the VISION House® located in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort. The innovative exhibitis set to present green living ideas in a fun and informative manner that will […]

Green Roofs in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Greetings to all, This post is dedicated  to all brothers and sister firefighters but especially those in Indianapolis, Indiana the home of FDIC the Super Bowl of Firefighting MAYOR ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF FIRST GREEN ROOF INSTALLATION ON INDIANAPOLIS CITY PROPERTY Project Addresses Drainage Issues and Creates Community Space INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard today announced the […]

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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.