Building Science

While the adhesive used on pressure-sensitive tapes might seem alike – in that they are all tacky, adhere well, and resist stresses – they are actually quite different in their chemistry and what they can and cannot do.

Chemical makers from Germany’s BASF to Brazil’s Braskem SA plan to invest as much as $72 billion in U.S. plants, as they become increasingly convinced natural gas will remain cheap and abundant.

Brazilian plastics giant Braskem SA will spend $34 million to build a plant making ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) at its site in La Porte, Texas.

A Tanzanian company has come up with building technology that uses reinforced zinc coated steel wire mesh welded together onto a polystyrene insulated core with steel wire truss that is pierced through the polystyrene.

Mother Nature is teaming up with a collection of green building advocates and industry groups to propel a movement that home builders generally support but that they also fear could give rise to onerous new codes.

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Johns Manville, a leading supplier of commercial roofing products, announces ENRGY 3.E, the next generation of its time-tested polyisocyanurate (polyiso) product line.

Demand in the United States for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber is expected to go up 9.8% per year, reaching $5.5 billion by 2018 and creating a market for 2.6 billion pounds of plastic.

On June 30, The Dow Chemical Company will begin construction of its previously announced world-scale ethylene production facility.

Bayer will highlight its material offerings for applications ranging from lighting, daylighting, insulation and security glazing to polyurethane coatings for kitchen cabinets, floors and walls during The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo 2014.