Industry News

Utility 'Smart Meters' Increase Understanding of Home Energy Use Patterns

With more energy utilities utilizing smart meters, tracking energy data is easier than ever before. 

Canadian Firm Promoting European Wood Fiber Insulation Manufacturing Process

In the past several years, there has been increased interest in wood fibre–based insulation products in Canada and many other parts of the world. 

6 Misperceptions Hindering Greater Energy Efficient Design

Recently, my team and I surveyed hundreds of architects and designers to understand the obstacles to going green. What emerged were six misperceptions about sustainable design.

New DOE/NIBS Guidelines Focus on Standardizing Building Energy Auditors & Energy Managers

Developed with industry trade associations, governing credential boards, and energy efficiency advocates, the new DOE/NIBS guidelines pertain to four related jobs: energy manager, building energy auditor, building operations professional, and building commissioning professional.

DSM to Sell Off Composite Resin and Polymer Intermediates Business

DSM is to sell a majority stake in its caprolactam(capro) and acrylonitrile (ACN) operations to UK-headquartered private equity firm CVC Capital Partners in a deal that will see those businesses spun off into a new company.

Bipartisan Senate Coalition Formed Around Chemical Reform (TSCA) Bill

Lawmakers say they’ve cobbled together enough support for a bipartisan coalition to pass a long-sought update to the nation’s outdated chemical safety laws despite opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups.

Home Improvement Personality Caruk to Promote Owens Corning Products

Home improvement personality Jim Caruk has signed on to represent Owens Corning Canada through a two-year brand association.

Architects Oppose New Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

The reintroduced Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act includes an amendment that is dividing industry stakeholders—one that repeals Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the federal government's 2030 fossil fuel target reduction mandate.

Titan's New 'Dirt' Brick Provides R-20 Insulation

San Antonia, Texas-based Titan Brick, Inc. recently revealed the Titan Brick, a new building block made of 90% dirt and waterproofed with non-toxic chemicals, which requires 90% less energy to produce.

DOE Partnership Develops Next Generation Geothermal Pump for Heating

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in collaboration with ClimateMaster, has created a heat pump which consumes 50% less energy than conventional equipment.

Construction Defect Reform Bill Moves Forward in CO

Construction-defects reform passed its first test in the Colorado Legislature late Wednesday, winning bi-partisan support in state Senate committee. The bill is regarded as a critical pre-condition for recovery in the condo market in that state. 

Georgia-Pacific Purchases Rocky Creek (AL) Lumber Mill

Georgia-Pacific has concluded an agreement with RoyOMartin for the transfer of RoyOMartin's Mexia, Alabama, Rocky Creek lumber operations to Georgia-Pacific. 

Alpine Software Now Specifies Simpson Hardware in Canada

With the March update of Alpine’s IntelliVIEW 15.01 software platform for truss builders, Alpine’s Canadian customers are now able to automatically specify Simpson Strong-Tie framing hardware for their job.

Homebuilder Confidence Slips Slightly on Labor Concerns

U.S. homebuilders are feeling less confident in the single-family housing market as the peak spring buying season nears.

China Builds 57-Story, World's Tallest Prefab Building

When you think of a prefab, what comes to mind? A house in a neighborhood full of identical houses? How about a building in China with 57 floors and 800 apartments?

Analysis on Why Permits Better Barometer Than Starts

Residential building permits provide a better view of the market’s trajectory.

DOE Estimates Half of All Compressed Air is Wasted

The US Department of Energy estimates that half of all compressed air is wasted. 

SFI & FSC Alter Their Forest Management Certifications

In 2015, changes are once again being made in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) programs.

CGL Policy Doesn't Cover Company that Disregards Safety

An insurer that covered employers under a commercial general liability policy isn't obligated to indemnify the employers if they're found liable in an injured worker's intentional tort claim, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Sen. Boxer Introduces Alternative Chemical Substance Control Reform Bill

Displeased with legislation introduced earlier this week, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have drafted their own bill to reform the nation’s chemical laws.

Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Measure Gets New Life in Congress

Two senators are putting a renewed effort into their years-long push to establish a cohesive, national energy efficiency policy through legislation.

Bayer Looking to Sell MaterialScience Division Through IPO

Bayer's Chief Executive Marijn Dekkers said on Wednesday that the drugmaker still preferred selling its MaterialScience division via an initial public offering rather than transferring the subsidiary to its shareholders.

3 Ways to Convince Builders that Complying with Energy Code Benefits Their Bottom Line

Complying with the most recent energy codes can decrease damages, headaches, and callbacks.

Analyzing the Many Benefits of Continuous Insulation

There are many benefits of adding a thermal break and continuous insulation.

How Thermal Breaks Mitigate Conductive Areas in the Building Envelope

The recent and dramatic shift in expectations for significantly higher performance requirements addressing heat flow in roof and wall envelopes for metal buildings has been remarkable.

Manufacturer Offers Several New Foam Composite Wall Insulation Products

Composite Panel Building Systems has created several new superior, high performance building products by combining proven materials and systems performance with revolutionary advances in building science.

Adhesives & Sealants Market Forecasted to Grow 3% per Year

Demand in the United States for adhesives and sealants is forecast to grow 2.8% per year to $6.4 billion pounds in 2019, valued at $12.8 billion.

Developer Finishing Largest Multifamily Passive House in America

When REACH Community Development completes its newest workforce housing community in a few months, it will have also built the largest multifamily Passive House in North America.

Foam-Concrete Block Wall System Passes Hurricane Test

A wall system with Bautex Block has more windstorm protection than you can shake a stick – or two-by-four – at.

Truss Ops Provides Distribution Services to Component Manufacturers

Truss Ops Mid America LLC, was named as an authorized Alpine distributor of connector plates and software.