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Interview with Green Builder Jeff King

Interview with Green Builder Jeff King

Posted on 18. Jun, 2009 by .

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Last week and today, Mark English and I spoke with Jeff King, president of Jeff King & Company, about what building green really means. Some of his answers surprised us. To paraphrase:

“Finishes are only skin deep, but infrastructure is to the bone.” – Rebecca

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Fuel Cells Offer Clean-Burning and Efficient Heat and Power

Fuel Cells Offer Clean-Burning and Efficient Heat and Power

Posted on 16. Jun, 2009 by .

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We’ve all heard about fuel cells by now – they’re in electric cars, among other places. Here is an interview with Bill Sproull and Katrina Veerman of ClearEdge Power, a startup based in Portland, Oregon, with offices opening in California. ClearEdge has developed a modular fuel-cell product that can provide heat and power for almost any size structure, from a private home to a large commercial building.

“This is not a pie in the sky… this is practical, everyday stuff.” – Mark English, AIA

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Slab Edge Insulation and Termites: A Solution

Slab Edge Insulation and Termites: A Solution

Posted on 13. Jun, 2009 by .

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Interview with Bill Michelson, CEPE, San Joaquin County Building Inspector from November 2008

In GCP No.12, we had published an explanation of the slab edge insulation requirements which are required by Title 24 when specifying radiant heated floor slabs. We illustrated that prior discussion with examples of slab edge insulation as shown in the 2005 Residential Compliance Manual.

However, being practicing architects and architectural engineers ourselves, we also push projects through permitting, construction and final inspections, which allow us firsthand knowledge of how Title 24 requirements interface with building inspection requirements. So, after discussing those slab insulation details last week with one of our colleagues, Bill Michelson, CEPE who is a San Joaquin County Building Inspector, he mentioned one glitch in those Title 24’s details which Building Inspectors find troublesome in zones where termites are a problem, but he also recommended a solution, and here is that interview.

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