Building Science

The Etchmiadzin Cathedral in Vagharshapat, Armenia, considered to be the oldest cathedral in the world, has continued to serve people for hundreds of years. And although people think of sustainable, green building for new, modern structures, this ancient cathedral is the epitome of green building.

Resinate Materials Group, Inc. (Resinate) has received a 6-month SBIR Phase One grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund process development related to lignin polyols for use as flame retardant (FR) polyols for rigid insulating foam applications.

Huntsman Corporation, the global chemical manufacturer, announced that its total energy use in 2017 was below a 2006 baseline, with production intensity also decreasing slightly in 2017 due to the decrease in energy usage.

As the US government loosens environmental rules, states are investing more in energy efficiency and delivering increased power savings, according to the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard by ACEEE. 

Derek Fowler was training to become a professional chef. Jose Gomez intended to become a lawyer. Through a bit of chance and a lot of hard work, both men found themselves becoming successful insulation contractors instead. Today, both operate thriving companies in the Arizona/Nevada market. And both say their success is due to their ability to help customers meet increasing energy codes on tight timelines and budgets.

Bensonwood has launched a new product designed for the growing Passive House industry. PHlex™ (pronounced "flex") is a new product and concept launched by Bensonwood that provides a cost-effective, precise and high-quality assembly of building panels.

Johns Manville launched JM Formaldehyde-free Cavity-SHIELD, a NFPA 13 compliant1, fiberglass batt insulation for use in the concealed spaces of multifamily buildings.

The American Chemistry Council is calling for California’s Department of Toxic Substances to reconsider its decision to list spray polyurethane foam as a priority product under the state’s Safer Consumer Products programme.

Boral Roofing LLC, the national leader in durable and energy-efficient new and retrofit roofing systems, is pleased to introduce an all-new website featuring all four core product lines as well as roofing components.

Textile-reinforced concrete (TRC) is reinforced with carbon or glass-fiber fabrics rather than steel. A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI is now replacing these fabrics with eco-friendly natural fibers