Energy Efficiency

The US Department of Agriculture has announced an initiative to educate architects, engineers and builders about the benefits of sustainable, advanced wood building materials.

After several years of collaboration with the industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on March 18 that it will extend the Energy Star rating system to existing multifamily properties.

ASHRAE has proposed Addenda to the ASHRAE 189.1 standard for green building and opened their recommendations for general public comment.  

This prototype house developed by a French design firm is assembled from blocks of foam, lengths of laminated veneer lumber and wooden screws.

In Arizona, legislation to ban local energy code adoption fails. In North Carolina, the building code cycle for commercial buildings was extended from three to six years.

New research shows that every dollar the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings. 

Last week a House subcommittee approved a bill that seeks to lead improvements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education

Q.Builders in cold climates often go beyond code-required attic insulation levels, especially when using a relatively inexpensive material like blown-in cellulose. Is the same approach helpful in cooling climates?

Soudal USA announced the launch of its expanding polyurethane foam product, the first-of-its-kind gap filling and insulating foam that is reusable multiple times and eliminates the need for a separate applicator.

Dow Chemical Co. is moving ahead with plans to add capacity for polyethylene and related feedstocks in the U.S. Gulf Coast and in Saudi Arabia.

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