Building Science

Researchers from the university of British Columbia have developed a new fiber-reinforced concrete treatment that can “dramatically [enhance] the earthquake resistance of seismically vulnerable [structures].”

New and not-so-new techniques and products help shape Mandalay Homes' high-performance homes. Here are a few of them.

Our Appendix-X standard was developed through industry consensus and has been widely adopted by building officials, architects, and builders across the country.

The unique construction of The Arc House posed some challenges for insulating and finishing the structure. A hybrid system consisting of polyisocyanurate and closed-cell spray foam insulation was the perfect solution for the home’s irregular shape.

With advances in everything from energy efficient products to home automation technology to building science, green homes are safer, healthier, and more efficient and durable than ever before. 

Assembly Bill 262, the Buy Clean Act, would require all state departments and the University of California and California State University systems to buy steel, rebar, flat glass and mineral wool board insulation for its infrastructure projects from low-carbon producers.

The energy code fundamentally improves the durability of buildings as well as the health and safety of us humans inside. It’s not just a “nice-to-have.”

Today, although most of these direct-to-consumer products have fallen by the wayside, many of the building materials in our homes and workplaces are still the same as they were half a century ago.

This short article by the International Code Council briefly discusses the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) requirements in terms of fire safety and what to look for in plan review and inspections when cladding is used on a noncombustible wall.

Five teams competed to design and model a near net-zero energy building on an existing 43,942-square-foot office and warehouse during the ASHRAE third annual LowDown Showdown Modeling Competition.