Building Science

Since the launch of the EnergySmart program, every De Young home has come standard with high-efficiency HVAC filters, low-VOC paints and formaldehyde-free insulation to ensure a healthy home air environment.

Stretch codes have emerged as a promising solution that jurisdictions can use to drive better energy performance in the built environment and set a long-term vision for efficiency stringency in buildings further into the future.

The following video shows how to install dense packed cellulose insulation and reduce the amount of dust, powerful, high pressure blowers are used to pack the cellulose in wall cavities.

Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard from Kingspan Insulation was used extensively in a new aged care project in Moolap, Victoria to achieve significant time and labour savings in construction.

The Biological House was created by a multidisciplinary team involving more than 40 partners, including Copenhagen-based design firm Een TIl Een, sustainable architecture firm GXN, wood-treatment company Kebony and the Danish Ministry of Environment.

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) is hosting a webinar today, December 12, 2017, at 2:00 PM EST entitled, “Harmonizing Fire Performance and Energy Efficiency in Exterior Wall Assemblies.”

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed amendments to the R-value Rule, which governs ratings for home insulation, as part of its systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides.

The next (2019) version of NFPA 285, Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components, is currently in a second draft, and public comments are being accepted until December 8, 2017.

At the Building Technologies Office (BTO), we’re conducting Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) research to help bring connectedness – and the related energy savings – across the entire building sector, commercial and residential alike.

Carlisle SynTec Systems recently introduced its InsulBase NH and SecurShield NH polyiso insulations. These products provide the same performance characteristics as standard polyiso products but contain no halogenated flame retardants.