Energy Efficiency

R25 does not equal R20+5ci Why? Thermal bridging! The added R5ci reduces heat loss through both the wall cavity and the framing members

In this video, Matt Risinger travels to Minnesota to see a house framed with an innovative wall stud framing system that solves the Thermal Bridge issue, which is a pain point to deal with when using traditional 2x wood and steel stud framing.

ProtectoR HD High Density Polyiso Cover Board by John’s Manville provides excellent protection and can save time and expense for contractors.

The new Myrtle Beach Middle School in Myrtle Beach, S.C., offers a vision of the future, in both its eye-catching design and award-winning performance.

How can the skin of a building function more like human skin? Doris Sung, Associate Professor of Architecture at USC, is tackling this question by developing some innovative building materials that utilize “thermo bi-metal,” a unique, dual-alloy metal that responds to heat and cold. 

Tom Walker of British Plastics and Rubber says that “One trend in the [British] construction market is the use of pre-fabricated Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS).

PermaBase CI Insulated Cement Board was created to provide durability and insulation in one lighter- weight package, says National Gypsum Co.

Construction costs enter the discussion during the development of all building codes. In recent years, the energy code has received particular scrutiny and criticism due to a series of substantial energy-efficient improvements from the 2006 to 2012 versions.

In this Q&A session with NCBPA Board Chair and building scientist, Meghan McDermott of High-Performance Building Solutions, we will discuss the benefits, goals, setbacks and industry trends of all things Commissioning.

A new class of one-and-done insulated structural sheathing that complies with the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC Table R402.1.2 – Insulation and Fenestration Requirements By Component) now helps home builders close projects with unprecedented speed.