Building Science

A team of engineers at Stanford set about to develop a foundation that could withstand California’s harshest seismic activity, potentially bringing a significant reduction in the costs of insurance.

Below is old footage (10 minutes) from National Homes highlighting their structural component fabrication process. 

Plastics manufacturers are counting on ethane processing plants tied to natural gas from the Marcellus, Utica and other shale regions in the United States to lift the industry out of its slow-growth pattern.

Renewable chemicals developer Genomatica took the #1 spot in the 2014-15 “30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals and Materials” rankings, published today in The Digest.

The American Wood Council (AWC) has published a new Design for Code Acceptance, “Meeting Residential Energy Requirements with Wood-Frame Construction” or DCA 7. 

Lauren Hunter takes a look at ZIP System radiant barrier panels – the latest addition to Huber Engineered Wood’s all-in-one sheathing offering. The panels could cool conditioned attic spaces by 30 degrees.

The Green Police are back! This time, green building consultants Michael Anschel and Carl Seville show us batt insulation from Roxul that’s made from minerals and recycled materials.

Single-family and multifamily homes built in the previous ten years accounted for just 3.2 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S.

In this Vision2020 presentation, Steven Winter, president of Steven Winter Associates, defines building science and outlines the key solutions in reaching 2020 energy-efficiency goals.

Coastal Connection visited a job site in Maine ski country to follow along on the roof and wall framing for a super-insulated, high-performance addition designed using Passive House methods.