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Housewrap Quick Facts

Plastics’ energy and greenhouse gas savings using housewrap applied to the exterior of single family residential housing.

Siding

Your home exterior not only provides the necessary security for your family, but it can serve as a means of providing comfort, leisure and efficiency. With a growing acceptance by the marketplace, as well as increasing...

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Thermal Doors

Doors are the passageway to our homes. In addition to welcoming friends and family, doors also serve as barriers to the outside environment. As such, a door should provide a family with security, durability, energy-efficiency, as...

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Life Cycle Assessment

Smart from the Start With all the “green” products or materials on the market, how do you navigate the claims and confidently pick the best green-building materials? A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) can help. LCAs are one of the...

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What is Green Building?

Green Building – Sustainable – Resilient Success Sustainable Design What is green building? Sustainable design, or “green construction,” is a method of wisely using resources to create high-quality,...

Material Review: One to Watch

Now that the show is over, here’s a question: Who got the gold—in architecture—at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing? Was it PTW Architects for their luminescent, bubble-clad Watercube, also one of the world’s most...

Forms and Function

No matter the region of the United States, inclement weather and extreme temperatures can play havoc with energy bills—as any homeowner will quickly confirm. Without proper insulation, these heating and cooling costs can rise...

Site Development

Since design, construction, and maintenance practices can have a significant effect on their environmental surroundings, measures can be taken to either lessen negative impacts or improve previously contaminated sites (i.e....

Deeper Shades of Green

In previous editions of Modern Materials, we have brought you extensive information about the role plastics can play in the built environment, showcasing products made from various polymers and resins. That said, this issue of...

The Cool Roof Phenomenon

For several years, a trend toward energy-efficient roof technology has been emerging in design and construction circles.Cool roofing evolved as a means to help keep buildings cooler and make them more energy efficient. When...

Product Life Cycles, And Sustainability

The Plastics Division of American Chemistry Council (ACC) is on the cusp of providing unprecedented cradle-to-polymer information about many of its plastic resin products. This life cycle assessment inventory (LCI) data, culled...

Other Sustainable Features

Not every environmental benefit of a design/construction product or practice fits neatly into the categories of various green building rating systems. For example, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in...

Warming Up to PEX Pipe Radiant Heating

Since the time of the Roman Empire, radiant systems have been used to deliver heat to buildings. One of the more recent modern examples involves Frank Lloyd Wright, who incorporated hydronic radiant heat into his designs in the...

Don’t Put All Your (Green) Eggs in One Basket

A look at BEES and LEED Over the last several years, environmental advocates have successfully raised the awareness of green building design and construction benefits among architects/engineers (A/Es) and designers, as well as...

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...

Plastics: Building Material 20th Century

“I just want to say one word to you… just one word… Plastics.” — The Graduate Until 1900, writes Robert Bailey, building construction largely involved three basic available materials: wood, stone, and clay...