Energy Efficiency & Building Science News
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.
This article will give an overview of compliance programs and initiative changes that occurred in 2014 and look forward to the emerging regulations anticipated to have the greatest impact in 2015.
In Georgia, Meridian Holdings Group (MHG) and BASF met last week to discuss next steps in a series of initiatives as MHG produces its biodegradable plastic.
Right now we're seeing a rash of failures with all types of cladding materials, but especially with EIFS (exterior insulation finish systems) and DEFS (direct-applied exterior finish systems)—the predominant stucco assemblies used in this region—and with ACMV (adhered concrete masonry veneer) exteriors.
Continuous insulation—typically provided by rigid foam board applied to the exterior—increases the thermal performance of a framed wall in two ways.
A remodeler asks: Is there some way to re-use the original cellulose, or would that be more trouble than it’s worth?
JLC’s man-in-the-trenches, Tim Healey, uncovers an interesting new siding product, ClipStone. Finally, an attractive faux stone siding that incorporates drainage into a simple installation process.