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Jun
2016
IB Articles

Environmental Profile: Vinyl Roofing Membranes

What is vinyl and where does it come from? Vinyl is essentially derived from two simple ingredients: fossil fuel and salt. Petroleum or natural gas is processed to make ethylene, and salt is subjected to electrolysis to separate out the natural element chlorine. Ethylene and chlorine are combined to...

8
Jun
2016
IB Articles

U.S. Department of Energy Embarks on Cool Roof Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Energy has launched a cool roof initiative, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu is urging other government agencies to follow his department’s lead. “Cool roofs are one of the quickest and lowest cost ways we can reduce our global carbon emissions an...