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Modular Concerns: Reflected Sunlight and Vinyl Siding Distortion

By Kevin A. Gallagher As the fire service races to catch up to advances in modern construction, especially “green construction” methods and materials, one issue has slipped through the cracks. As solar arrays begin to cover roof surfaces, structural insulated panels (SIPs)1 continue to replace traditional assemblies, and grass covered roofs2 are being mowed, the issue of vinyl siding distortion caused by reflected heat from high efficiency windows continues to fly under the radar. The push for energy efficiency over the past several years has grown into a shove. The federal government has made residential energy efficiency a national priority. From a code development perspective, nothing ...

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