Energy Efficiency & Building Science News

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In Norway, ZEB, the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, is focused on eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.

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Passive House may not yet be a household name in the U.S., but the European-born, ultra–energy-efficient approach to building is making inroads here, and some of the credit must go to Adam Cohen.

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Last month, Vermont adopted a new energy code based on the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for both residential and commercial buildings.

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Early in 2014, Ohio approved a two-year freeze on all energy efficiency and renewable energy mandates, keeping them at 2014-equivalent levels. 

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Most building codes require that foam plastic insulation — including both rigid and open-cell low-density foam products — be separated from occupied living space (including basements) by an approved 15-minute thermal barrier.

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Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled "Polystyrene & Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020."

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Slicker HP Housewrap provides the highest level of moisture protection for an exterior wall, according to its manufacturer.

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There’s a new green building material on the market that is light, strong, and flexible, and can be made into just about any shape, including complex molded shapes.

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Maryland has adopted the 2015 IECC for residential and commercial construction, with no significant weakening amendments.

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A new Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement made by the architectural regulatory authorities of the United States, Canada and Mexico makes it possible for architects to work across North American borders.

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While feedback from Capitol Hill on these efforts was very positive, ultimately passage of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act was prevented by Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA), who objected to the bill on behalf of one of his colleagues. 

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This article will give an overview of compliance programs and initiative changes that occurred in 2014 and look forward to the emerging regulations anticipated to have the greatest impact in 2015.

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In Georgia, Meridian Holdings Group (MHG) and BASF met last week to discuss next steps in a series of initiatives as MHG produces its biodegradable plastic. 

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Exterior rigid foam is a low-cost alternative to a deeper footing.

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Right now we're seeing a rash of failures with all types of cladding materials, but especially with EIFS (exterior insulation finish systems) and DEFS (direct-applied exterior finish systems)—the predominant stucco assemblies used in this region—and with ACMV (adhered concrete masonry veneer) exteriors.