Building Science

The evidence supporting the effectiveness of NFPA 285 is very strong. Moreover, history bears out this conclusion as found in this report sponsored by DuPont.

The first ever report on the state of the world’s fungi has today revealed that if the natural properties of fungus can be harnessed and developed, plastic could be broken down naturally in weeks rather than years.

Question: What are some challenges when insulating a basement or crawl space with spray foam? Answer: Basements and crawl spaces can benefit greatly from the application of spray polyurethane foam (SPF).

Recently, two seven-story, mid-rise residential buildings located in the heart of Manhattan were in need of some TLC (and spray foam) to keep the spaces energy-efficient, impermeable, and comfortable to live in.

When a homebuilder heard there was an affordable new tape-and-panel, code-compliant way to put up housewrap, reflective insulation, and OSB sheathing in a single pass, he was all ears.

From a trend perspective, each finish dominated a specific decade, in terms of houses completed in that finish. Brick dominated the 70s, wood dominated the 80s, vinyl, which only became available in the 90s, dominated that decade, and stucco and fiber cement dominated the 2000s.

To facilitate greater depth of knowledge and understanding about how to use CI to its greatest benefits, the website was developed to provide extensive counsel on a variety of topics related to commercial and residential use of CI in construction.

In partnership with AIA, IES, and USGBC and with support from the DOE, ASHRAE is developing a new series of Advanced Energy Design Guides focusing on achieving zero energy performance.   

Builders and designers in Canada are changing the way they build in response to these codes. ICFs give Canadian building professionals the way to meet the new codes with proven technology that also delivers a more comfortable, enjoyable home.

The most important thing to realize about installing fiberglass-batt insulation is that its effectiveness depends on six-surface contact: top and bottom plates, studs on both sides, wall sheathing to the outside, and wallboard to the inside.