Building Science

Germany’s BASF managed to wrap up a preliminary deal to build China’s first wholly foreign-owned chemicals complex quite quickly, aided in part by trade tensions between Beijing and Washington, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

A dream home project involved a collaboration between system house Icynene-Lapolla and Foam Tight Insulation, Inc. (FTI), a contractor specializing in SPF applications. FTI became certified to use Icynene’s Classic Ultra, the latest technology in half-pound, open-cell SPF technology.

Kingspan is introducing QuadCore, its most technologically-advanced metal panel insulation to the North American market, delivering performance that far exceeds that of any other metal panel insulation core.


Now, as CEO, president and chairman, the younger Huntsman will play a larger role than ever in shaping the company’s future during a period of consolidation in an increasingly globalized industry.

Since asbestos was banned in 1999 in most countries, MMVF has de facto become the replacement technology. However, a new study has raised serious questions over the risks to public health posed by this product.

Demand for mineral wool insulation in the commercial market is forecast to grow 3.4% annually to 366 million pounds in 2022, valued at $135 million.

Below are the ten most read Energy Efficiency & Building Science News articles published in the second quarter of 2018. 

HOK and BRE today announced plans to Americanize the BREEAM New Construction standard for the U.S. marketplace. BRE expects to release BREEAM USA New Construction for public consultation in January 2019.

Energy efficiency and environmental friendliness have become top priorities for homebuyers in recent years, and Beazer has been there paving the way. Beazer goes above and beyond, ensuring that each and every one of their homes lives up to their standards.

Using the ERI performance path, a builder could use slightly less energy-efficient windows as long as improvements are made elsewhere, e.g., with a high-performance attic, for example by installing LP TechShield Radiant Barrier Sheathing above the attic.