Energy Efficiency & Building Science News

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Autodesk unveiled several new sustainable design applications on Autodesk Labs, the AEC and media software company’s testing site.

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Huntsman Corp. posted higher third-quarter earnings, despite an unplanned outage at its Port Neches plant that cut into the company’s polyurethane production and slashed sales volumes.

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The long-term success of cracker plants depends on the plastics and technology sectors' ability to create demand for polyethylene and ethane.

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The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rose 2.2 points to 55.2 in September, marking the fifth-straight month of growth in design activity. The institutional sector showed the largest gain during the month.

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Some homebuilders have been offering high-performance homes to their buyers for years, others are just gearing up their green building programs or offering energy-efficient upgrades, and many are still waiting for a reason to jump on the bandwagon.

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With its high-performance polycarbonates, polyurethanes, coatings, adhesives and sealants raw materials as well as its technology expertise, Bayer helps building professionals meet their sustainability goals.

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Dow Chemical Co, the No. 1 U.S. chemical maker by sales, reported earnings of $937 million (a 43 percent rise in quarterly profit), helped by higher sales in its plastics and performance materials business units.

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The world’s first Net Zero Zone will be unveiled at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans Oct. 22-24, 2014.

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The Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA) recently recognized the Canadian Urethane Contractors Association (CUFCA) by presenting them with an award during OBOA's Annual General Meeting.

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Buildings use 40 percent of the United States’ primary energy. Advances in energy efficiency help curtail some of this growth, but we are building buildings faster than we are saving energy.

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The USDA estimates that bio-based chemicals, which are manufactured from renewable resources and are slowly beginning to replace their petroleum-derived counterparts, will constitute over 10% of the chemicals market by 2015.

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Over the past several years, environmentally-friendly building practices have begun to move from niche to normal. Green products are easy to find, but true sustainability goes beyond slapping on a “green” label.

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Badlands NGL’s LLC and two partners announced plans Monday to build a $4 billion manufacturing plant in North Dakota that will convert a byproduct of natural gas processing into an ingredient for making plastic products

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If every state adopted the 2012 edition, it would result in about $40 billion annual energy savings by 2030, and 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided every year.

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NIST unveiled a new online tool, BIRDS, which allows users to compare the sustainability performance of a building type as the energy efficiency design of that building type is increased.