Search Results for: energy efficiency

Understanding Insulation R-Values

Determining Insulation R-value Accuracy Every construction/design architect/engineer (A/E) knows a material’s R-value is an important factor when specifying insulation products, with many regulations requiring minimum values...

XPS extruded polystyrene foam insulation

Performance Across The Board

Extruded Polystyrene Foam Sheathing – From Manufacture To Installation The most common components of a building envelope perform important functions, but they do not always meet their true potential. To that end, various...

Material Choices and Resource Use

Specifying the right products can have a huge impact on sustainability. The steps involved in processing materials, such as extraction, processing, and transportation, can pollute air and water and use up natural resources. Using...

The Indoor Environment

Poor indoor environmental quality (IEQ) can have adverse effects on occupants’ health and productivity. When designing a building, strategies such as ventilation effectiveness and contaminant control, or the requirement of a...

Sustainability

How plastics contribute to green building rating system credits Sustainable, or ‘green,’ building design may be a hard concept to quantitatively define, but its general meaning is well-understood amongst professionals in the...

Harvesting Potential

Has soybean oil come of age as a fossil fuel alternative in SPF? As the new uses program manager for the United Soybean Board,John Campen has long advocated the use of soybeans—butwinning over others wasn’t always easy. He...

GreenBuilding Information Modeling

As construction growth intersects with environmental concerns and the rising cost of energy, the concept of sustainable design—drafting, specifying, building, and operating structures to minimize their ecological impact—green...

Championing Green Building

Is it easier or harder to be green in 2008? (Some people still ask, what is green building?) Here’s what I mean. The Summer Olympics brought us a new swimming venue. Beijing’s Watercube is—luminescent, athletic, borne of...

Polyurethane in Home Construction

Polyurethane adhesives and polyurethane sealants are finding increasing uses within the housing construction industry for various reasons. The material offers good adhesion to numerous substrates, such as concrete, wood, plastic,...

Spray Can

MM reviews the sustainability characteristics of SPF roofing and insulations systems SPF In Roofing Systems Between 1983 and 1996, Dean Kashiwagi surveyed the performance of more than 1,600 SPF roofing systems. In 1998, Rene...

Making a Good Thing Better

Foam plastics such as expanded polystyrene can greatly enhance the energyefficiency of traditional masonry Long known for its structural, acoustical, and fire-resistant benefits, masonry-based construction has endured the test of...