Building Science

Given recent concern over combinations of foam plastic insulated sheathing (FPIS) with different types of cladding since the Grenfell Tower fire, it is worth taking a specific look at both the extent of cladding options available with FPIS and the important restrictions.

A Denver initiative on the November ballot seeks to sprout more trees, shrubs and even vegetable gardens atop larger buildings across the city, a move that would accelerate a trend that has been embraced by some developers.

Oregon’s goal, as laid out in the executive order signed last week, is to achieve net-zero energy-ready buildings as standard practice across the state.

Built Green is excited to share its recent study, the largest of its kind. The study compared actual electricity use in homes certified by Built Green and non-certified homes. The results revealed that in some cases, Built Green homes were twice as efficient as predicted!

Developers of single- and multifamily homes these days strive to make them as high performing as possible.

Doing so comes with considerable benefits for both builders and buyers:

  • Lower energy expenses
  • Healthier indoor conditions
  • Less maintenance
  • Higher resale values

Windows and doors play key roles in a structure’s performance as the largest openings in thermal envelope and are responsible for the bulk of conditioned air loss in a home.

Starting in 2020, with the next cycle of energy codes enacted by the California Energy Commission, the bar will be moved up to the highest it's ever been for newly built homes.

Despite  being the perfect application of cladding, weather-resistant barrier (WRB), foam sheathing, air barriers, studs and so forth, the perfect wall is not necessarily the most practical or preferred solution for every building project.

A report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) forecasts the global rigid polyurethane foam market to clock a CAGR of 6.0% between 2017 and 2025. Progressing at this rate, the market’s valuation of US$15.2 bn in 2016 will become US$25.5 bn by the end of 2025.

Melissa Valgardson's new home in Montgomery may not look all that different to the naked eye, but visit her basement and you'll notice something missing – the furnace.

There is a growing commitment within the single and multifamily markets to building green, but the level of green building and drivers differ between the two, a new study says.