Building Science

From a cost perspective, it was a record year for natural disasters in the United States in 2017. Hundreds of people lost their lives and thousands of buildings, many of them people’s homes, were destroyed.

Thanks to a new program, young adults from low-income neighborhoods in Tennessee are receiving technical training in energy-efficient home construction practices, including weatherization, sustainability, and basic home upgrades.

The Air Barrier Association of America is hosting its 7th annual conference and trade show. The only conference in the world that focuses on air barriers and building airtightness.

The ICC recently released a summary of a code change to N1101.6 regarding the definition of an air barrier.

It is the versatility spray foam offers, both through its application and how it resists wind and impact, that makes it a top choice for a variety of climates, including regions with severe thunder storms and hail.

Dow Building Solutions has announced that  all Styrofoam Brand XPS plants in the United States have converted their operations to produce Styrofoam Brand XPS Insulation with Bluedge Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology.

Durolast, the world's largest manufacturer of custom-fabricated roofing systems, has created an interactive infographic on managing condensation in a roof system.

AMI will be hosting a new conference this year from April 18-19 in Cologne, Germany called the Polymers in Building Insulation 2018. The conference will cover the key developments, trends, challenges and opportunities facing the construction industry in relation to thermal and acoustic insulation.

The Applied Building Technology Group has developed a new tool to aid and simplify the design of code compliant steel stud walls. 

What's the best attic insulation? That depends on your definition of "best". What's going to perform the best is definitely not the most cost-effective way to insulate an attic.