Building Science

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.

Instead of being hesitant to give green building a chance, maybe builders should consider branding their business as green as an almost necessary fact of doing business and instead of seeing red when green building is mandated, they should see green.

This infographic shows many of the  environmental benefits of polyiso insulation.

Charles (Chuck) Skalski, President of Gaco Western, has announced he will retire at the end of 2017.

Covestro LLC announces upcoming leadership changes: Jerry MacCleary named CEO, Haakan Jonsson becomes president, and Christine Bryant to lead North American Polyurethanes business.