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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...

Material Witness

Material Witness

Sam Rashkin on ENERGY STAR’s new rules for SIP homes A recently announced change to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program states that homes constructed with structural insulated panels (SIPs) on all exterior walls and roofing may...

Life Cycle Thinking

It can be hard to figure out whether a building product is sustainable when you do not have access to any scientific measurements of the energy and natural resources necessary for its creation. This has been one of the big issues...

Independence Day

Independence Day

Photos by Nic Lehoux Last December, the government mandated a new energy policy that ups the ante on requirements for federal buildings. Now the design and construction community are working together to determine what compliance...

You Say You Want A Revolution

You Say You Want A Revolution

The international publicity of ETFE roofing material in some of Beijing’s 2008 Olympic structures is awakening the potential for alternatives It’s transparent, it’s self-cleaning, and best of all, it’s incredibly...

Innovations in Light and Sound

Architects explore the aesthetic side of acrylic building materials While plastic building products are often cited for their energy efficiency, durability, and cost effectiveness, their ability to produce eye-catching designs is...

Roof Renovation With XPS

Demand for energy conservation has been a catalyst for code change in many parts of the country. Concerns for the environment have led to calls for the use of more sustainable roofing systems—from original application to...

Vinyl Roofing Systems: Questions Answered

Questions Answered Vinyl roofing systems possess sustainability characteristics that should not be ignored For this issue, Green Building Solutions asked Walter Scarborough, vice president and director of specifications for HKS...

Building for the Future

When a tornado ripped through their Greensburg, Kansas, home on May 4, 2007, probably the last thing on Scott and Jill Eller’s minds was the thought of rebuilding. Most likely, their only thought was whether or not they would...

Solutions for Natural Disasters

Using concrete and plastic insulation for safety and energy efficiency in residential design With each passing year, weather extremes seem to become more a part of our daily lives. Natural catastrophes have recently captured...

Find the Quality Mark in Polyiso Insulation

When it comes to choosing roof insulation, architects/engineers (A/Es) have myriad options for specifying their building projects. However, with a growing concern and increased emphasis on energy-efficient products and practices,...

The Value and Versatility

In windows, vinyl can offer the same performance and design flexibility specifiers rely on from traditional materials, with the added benefits of excellent insulating value, low maintenance requirements, and resistance to impact,...

The Expanding Role of EPS in Construction

In 1965, the first expanded polystyrene (EPS) block molding plant was established in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It manufactured blocks measuring from 0.6 m to 4.9 m (2 ft to 16 ft) in thickness, but nowadays EPS blocks can be cut...

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COVID-19 Spurs Healthy Building Design Trends

On June 29, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state’s shopping malls will be required to use air-conditioning systems capable of filtering-out the COVID-19 virus. To meet this requirement, HVAC systems will...