Electricity—from direct connection to wireless—surrounds our lives at home and at work. As today’s structures race to keep up with our technology-crazed, wired world, convenient electrical products are more important than ever.

Although the significant role plastic plays in our high-tech world is often taken for granted, there is little debate that plastic electrical products are particularly well-suited to meet the concurrent electrical and fire safety requirements that contribute to safety in home design. Since World War II, we have depended on plastic as an insulator and as a means to help enjoy modern conveniences through electricity. With few exceptions, the electrical and communications wires behind walls, under floors, underground and on the roof, are often insulated with plastic. These wires and encasements are often made with vinyl, a naturally-fire retardant plastic. The durability of plastic electrical components helps products last a long time.

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PVC Piping: The Ultimate Underground Solution

One of the world’s most versatile plastics started as an accident in a rubber scientist’s laboratory some 80 years ago. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) was first created by a German chemist in 1872, but never patented until 1913. It...

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Meet DALE: An Innovative, Net-Zero Energy Home from SCI-Arc/Caltech

Each year since 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issues a challenge to collegiate teams around the world: create a cost and energy efficient house that is powered by the sun. The Solar Decathlon, is a competition...

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Plastic Pipes & Energy

Plastics play a vital role in providing dependable piping service. In applications such as landscape irrigation systems, drain, waste, and vent (DWV) systems, and sewage transport, polymer-based products can offer myriad...

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Pushing the Energy Envelope With Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)

             Energy consumption may be regulated by code, but it is increasingly driven by client demand. With the rising costs of utilities, heightened efficiency goals are surfacing as key green building design...

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HDPE Pipe Solutions for Water Infrastructure Rehabilitation

“Water, water, everywhere/Nor any a drop to drink.” –Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner When English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote the above lines, he was describing the plight of a sailor stranded at...

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