Building Science

A Building Research Establishment (BRE) report summarizing the investigation into the deadly Grenfell Tower fire last year in London has been leaked, and several causes for the tragedy were identified. Each of the following excerpts from the report are linked to the online report.

Owens Corning, a leading global producer of glass fiber reinforcements for composite systems, manufactures the FOAMULAR® XPS insulation family of rigid foam boards for both residential and commercial building solutions.

Kingspan has developed a rigid thermoset fiber-free insulation called Kooltherm K8 Cavity Board, which is suitable for a host of installation applications including wall, floor, soffit, rainscreen, and concrete sandwich wall systems.

This article compares two of the leading interior vapor barriers being used today for Passive House and high performance projects, SIGA products and Pro Clima’s Intello Plus membranes. Both companies have products which are Passive House Certified components.

The Passive House Austin (PHAUS) Chapter will be hosting its annual Humid Climate Conference May 21-22, 2018 in Austin, Texas. This two-day event is focused on design considerations for humid climates with substantial cooling loads.

Recently, homebuilder Matt Risinger made this video detailing how he installs a traditional three-coat stucco wall with a drainage plane and exterior insulation:

Within the residential sphere specifically, some standout projects were delivered to market this past year. One such home, the Jacobson House in Northern California, garnered the spotlight with its unique story and innovative energy solutions.


Justin Koscher, president of PIMA takes a close look at the many benefits of energy codes beyond energy efficiency and the resulting cost savings.

Continuous insulation (ci) and cavity insulation products are both sold with R-value ratings, but the way these two products are used in wall construction means they do not have the same effectiveness.

RESNET announced that 13 builders will be added to the group of over 170 RESNET EnergySmart Builders who have committed to having all their homes rated to RESNET’s stringent energy efficiency standards.