Energy Efficiency

Cover boards have become a standard method to enhance overall roof system performance for all low-slope roof systems.

Foamular extruded polystyrene insulation available from Austech External Building Products is made for floor heating systems to help reduce heat loss and lower operating costs.

This article explores the concept of building a house that would have a life cycle of 500 years.

Energy efficiency is a priority for 79 percent of Americans, according to a poll released by the University of Texas. But nearly two-thirds believe political “squabbling” is the biggest barrier to increased energy efficiency.

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced the completion of an ISO-compliant Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for three generic formulations that include open-cell, closed-cell and roofing foams.

When fire protective coatings are used as ignition barriers (in certain attics and crawlspaces) over spray polyurethane foam (SPF), the risk of fire to occupants and structures is minimal.

The Residential High Performance Walls measure is intended to increase the performance of the residential envelope, reducing the amount of heat transfer through walls and thus reduce HVAC loads.

The IOU Codes and Standards Team is seeking feedback on the feasibility of increasing opaque building envelope stringency to meet or exceed ASHRAE 90.1-2013 requirements. 

Building owners, facility managers, and design teams working toward high energy performance buildings have a potential new ally in the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). 

Roswell, Ga.-based manufacturer Kimberly-Clark is entering the building products industry with a new house wrap that the company said is warrantied to keep moisture out but let vapor escape.