Building Science

You’ve heard the name again and again—you’ve no doubt nodded your head and sang the lyrics to “Ice Ice Baby”—you might have also caught him on MTV’s The Surreal Life or doing the cha-cha-chá on Dancing With the Stars, but did you know that famous rapper Robert Van Winkle a.k.a Vanilla Ice retrofits homes and flips them?

The building industry has known for years that placing the HVAC system inside the thermal envelope is very beneficial for several reasons.

 A new industry report from international research firm Parks Associates shows that construction of zero net energy (ZNE) homes increased by 75% from 2016 to 2017.

A deep energy retrofit reduces operating and capital costs, improves indoor environments and minimizes environmental impact. “It’s important for commercial buildings to be as energy efficient as possible—making deep energy retrofits crucial for commercial buildings to achieve sustainability,”

Would you live in a house made of fungus? It’s not just a rhetorical question: fungi are the key to a new low-carbon, fire-resistant and termite-deterring building material.

There are several different components of additive manufacturing, each of which must be developed and refined before the process can be successfully used in large-scale construction.

Just over a year ago, a fire in London’s Grenfell tower killed 72 people and had building industries around the globe taking a closer look at fire protection. However in America, what happened to Grenfell is unlikely to occur because a building like Grenfell would not have been built in the first place.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, at their annual meeting in Boston, adopted unanimously a resolution endorsing America's model building energy code, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Where to focus your air-sealing efforts. Just about any part of the building envelope will leak if given the chance, but the places where leaks are most likely to occur are low and high on a building. Generally leaks occur where one material or part of an assembly meets another.

Atlas ACFoam products are among the most sustainable and widely used roofing insulation materials available today. All Atlas ACFoam polyiso insulation products are GreenGuard Gold certified, providing contractors an easy way to identify premium products that aid in the creation of healthier indoor environments.