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Last month, Vermont adopted a new energy code based on the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for both residential and commercial buildings.

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Early in 2014, Ohio approved a two-year freeze on all energy efficiency and renewable energy mandates, keeping them at 2014-equivalent levels. 

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Most building codes require that foam plastic insulation — including both rigid and open-cell low-density foam products — be separated from occupied living space (including basements) by an approved 15-minute thermal barrier.

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Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled "Polystyrene & Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020."

- Energy Efficiency

Slicker HP Housewrap provides the highest level of moisture protection for an exterior wall, according to its manufacturer.

- Energy Efficiency

There’s a new green building material on the market that is light, strong, and flexible, and can be made into just about any shape, including complex molded shapes.

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Maryland has adopted the 2015 IECC for residential and commercial construction, with no significant weakening amendments.

- Energy Efficiency

A new Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement made by the architectural regulatory authorities of the United States, Canada and Mexico makes it possible for architects to work across North American borders.

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While feedback from Capitol Hill on these efforts was very positive, ultimately passage of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act was prevented by Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA), who objected to the bill on behalf of one of his colleagues.