Building Science

The 70,500-square-foot, three-story Gerstacker Building on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland is MidMichigan Health's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building.

In wood-framed buildings, addressing both insulation levels and air tightness in the building enclosure continue to be refined by code and elective program standards.

Thermafiber creates mineral wool from rock and blast furnace slag, a byproduct of the steel industry. We melt the raw materials in a furnace at temperatures above 2,600˚ F and spin them into fibers. We then package the fibers loose or form them into insulating blankets or boards.

The hardest part of building a resilient wall is managing moisture. If water gets inside the wall, all sorts of problems arise, including mold, rust, and structural degradation, depending on the materials used.

What are the guidelines for letting rim joists act as headers in a wall system, and is there a way to insulate that header without sacrificing the bearing surface for the joists?

On July 27, Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced S. 3295, "All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act."

The brick veneer/metal stud (BV/MS) backup exterior wall assembly was invented in New England in the 1970s. This type of system was formed to substitute the more expansive concrete masonry unit (CMU) backup wall because it is installed much more quickly.

New RainBarrier HD & RainBarrier 45 provide energy saving continuous insulation (ci), fire protection, and acoustical control while efficiently draining water from a wall cavity system.

Austin home builder Matt Risinger reviews a number of innovative building envelope products he saw at the recent 2018 Humid Climate Conference in his hometown.

According to a recent article in Construction Specifier, more than 30 organizations from around the world have joined forces to develop landmark industry standards to address fire safety in buildings.