Building Science

Builders who use natural materials in the United States have seen interest grow in "hempcrete," a renewable building material made with hemp that can take the place of traditional drywall, insulation and siding.

The energy performance of the homes I build is important to me, but it turns out there are other important reasons for focusing my air-sealing efforts on the garage wall.

Builders in New York optimize their plans to fit more houses on a development, and one way they create inexpensive square footage is to build a second-story room over an attached garage, framing the roof and the bonus room in one quick step using an attic truss.

Johns Manville (JM), a global building and specialty products manufacturer and a Berkshire Hathaway Company, announced a new Climate Pro®blowing wool production line will be built in McPherson, Kan.

In Puerto Rico, nearly two years after hurricane Maria, the need for safe, affordable housing is still a massive challenge.

The saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words.” And the following twelve photos likely speak volumes. These photos were taken at a recent inspection and they tell their own story without captions. Please review this slideshow and give us your feedback and any of your thoughts regarding:

Breezy Point was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and now, seven years later, architect Illya Azaroff has designed and built a home there he says can withstand a storm even more powerful than Sandy, "maintaining operation, even if all else fails.’’

JD Composites, the Canadian homebuilder built a three bedroom house in Nova Scotia that is made out of 612,000 plastic soda bottles.

In past articles, we have extensively covered the benefits that foam plastic continuous insulation provides for all types of construction in all climates.

In an article by Rob Yagid for Fine Homebuilding, which was sponsored by Versi-Foam Systems, the question addressed is what is open cell versus closed cell foam?

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