Posts Tagged ‘Dow’

The Sierra Club And Dow Chemical Agree On Something! (Home Star!)

June 26, 2010

That’s the headline on an op-ed piece in Forbes by Michael Brune, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, and Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical.  They are writing in support of Home Star, one of the most important pieces of legislation on home energy-efficiency retrofits to ever be considered at the federal level.  A great idea with broad and bipartisan support.  Let’s hope it moves forward quickly.

Thanks,
Mike

Tyvek Tent!

April 14, 2010

Thanks to Eric Lindskog for the photo.

You haven’t seen posts for a while because I’ve been on my annual backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon.  Which brings me to this post. 

Some of the materials we’re familiar with from the building and home improvement industry are making their way into my pack.  Here’s an example–a super light tent made of Tyvek (a Tarptent “Sublite”, by Henry Shirers).  It sheds rain water well, and the breathable fabric really seems to prevent water condensing on the inside.  The tent worked great during a couple of like showers.  And the inside stayed dry on a couple of humid nights when I would have expected condensation.   At 18.5 ounces it’s a welcome change from the 4-6 lbs of yesteryear.  (And it fit my less-than-svelte 6’5″ frame just fine.)

Plus, it’s warmer than sleeping under the stars on chilly nights to boot!

BTW, this is a zero-energy tent–it uses no electricity or heating/air-conditioning.  Thanks, DuPont!  Dow, let’s see if you can up the stakes (no tent pun intended).

Thanks,
Mike


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