Building Science

In recent trends we see that urban population and urban centers are growing, the millennials don’t tend to have a lot of money to buy single family homes, and they’re more environmentally minded so multifamily has been that kind of bright stop in all markets moving forward.

From affordable student housing to high-infill offices, a rapidly accelerating building trend is the proliferation of zero energy buildings.

Polyiso is a closed-cell, rigid foam board insulation used primarily on the roofs and walls of offices, health facilities, warehouses, retail and industrial manufacturing facilities and educational institutions.

There’s a sweeping wave of synthetic, fabricated materials being used more frequently in construction, and this is a paradigm shift in construction. 

Preventing and combating moisture damage to a structure is one of the oldest dilemmas in the building industry.

Each year and each code cycle we get closer to developing requirements that will lead to truly energy efficient buildings. But there continues to be a lag between what the codes say and actual good building practice, especially when it comes to thermal bridging.

A growing number of states are showing US leadership on clean energy by adopting energy-saving rules for buildings, appliances, and vehicles, according to the 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA), released updated versions of their 300 Series Technical Bulletins focused on the use of Polyiso in residential wall systems.

The Foam Sheathing Committee (FSC) technical staff worked with the Brick Industry Association to prepare an International Residential Code (IRC) code change to address the attachment of brick veneers through up to four (4) inches of foam plastic insulating sheathing (FPIS).

One baseball backstop supplier notes that it protects fans from stray or foul balls. In the realm of energy code compliance, a building envelope backstop is needed for similar reasons.

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