Tag: sustainability

Designing high-performance buildings requires redefining the team and air barrier system requirements

When designing for healthcare, it is mandatory to design the most robust facility possible to manage air and moisture vapor infiltration.   A high-performance, sustainable building is dependent on a high-performance building envelope.  Achieving an integrated, high-performance building envelope, however, can be fraught with problems as the number of trades and products expands. The integrity of….

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TSCA Modernization Makes Historic Moment

June 23, 2015 marks a historic moment in the long journey for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) modernization.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2576, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, by a 398-1 vote.  The bipartisan vote by 231 Republicans and 167 Democrats is a leap forward in the multi-year effort to modernize….

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Credible and Clear: Validated Testing + Performance = Purchaser Trust

For a manufacturer, there is a wide range of factors which impact a product’s performance – performance in-use and performance in terms of sales revenues. Companies are always seeking the best ways to differentiate their product and brand in the customers’ mindset. In the building materials space this is incredibly important, because specifiers, architects, and….

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Existing Technologies Play Significant Role in Reducing Energy Consumption

According to ENERGY STAR® data, commercial buildings alone use 20 percent of our energy and cause 17 percent of the annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in North America.  Residential and commercial buildings together account for almost 39 percent of total U.S. energy consumption and 38 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions[1] or more than….

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High Performance Building Symposium Brings Industry Leaders Together

Taking the mystery out of building science is one of the challenges in designing High Performance Building Enclosures (HPBE) in today’s building environment. Economics and proper design practices do not always meet with the desired outcome. When the topics of building efficiency or performance come up, the conversation typically leads to discussing the components of….

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