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Reducing The Landfill of Plastic Waste Through Design

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

New Recycling Concept Idea

If you had the chance to recycle 300 pounds of plastic waste, would you?

Project Recycling is a new recycling concept that combines fashion, the internet, and plastic recycling together to help reduce the landfill of plastic waste in the United States. Meet Andrew Cheng and this is his way of making a difference.

What is Project Recycling? First, it’s a t-shirt brand that offers sustainable t-shirts made from 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled PET plastic, the same type that water bottles are made from. By weight, there are approximately three 20oz water bottles in each t-shirt he sells!

To raise awareness for recycling, each t-shirt is designed using a recycling fact as the theme. For example, their first t-shirt’s theme is “500 billion pounds,” which is the amount of waste Americans produce each year. Their shirts are meant to be educational, present a bold statement; yet casual enough for normal wear. (more…)

Has IBC Been Your Guide?

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

International Building Code (IBC)

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Do you know what a building code is? Well, I thought I did but I did not know the how, what, why, and when. So, lets try and give you an idea of why the IBC is essential to all builders.

A building code is a set of rules that specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings. The International Building Code (IBC) is a model building code developed by the International Code Council (ICC). A model building code has no legal status until it is adopted or adapted by government regulation. The IBC provides minimum standards to insure the public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by building construction and to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the occupancy of buildings, structures or premises.

The development of the International Building Code has been an advancement for the building and construction industry. It provides minimum standards to insure the public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by building construction and to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the occupancy of buildings, structures or premises.

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earthandindustry.com

The IBC is a single source document that is adopted across the United States. This allows contractors to learn one code instead of the several that use to exist depending on the region where the work was performed.

With the above in mind, is your contractor, builder or architect up to date on the building codes? Even with the going green initiatives along with all types of new materials that are being produced, they all have to follow building codes.

The building codes are published every three years. The 2012 international building code is now available.

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