Innovations

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How Covestro, Legrand, and Thread International Help Architects Advance Sustainability in Innovative Ways

The business of building is booming – the U.S. Census Bureau reports the seasonally-adjusted annual rate of U.S. construction spending now tops $1.3 trillion, a 7.2 percent year-over-year increase (September 2017 to September 2018). This remarkable growth is spurring building materials selection decisions across tens of thousands of residential and commercial construction projects. The process […]

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Case Studies

What It Takes to Go Net-Zero

Architects share their experiences in net-zero building, from persuading uncertain clients to dealing with extreme weather.

At this point, the technology exists for buildings to produce all the energy they need—and that needs to be the norm. Don’t worry: It’s not as hard as it sounds. William Maclay, FAIA, has a mission: to make net-zero-energy buildings the new normal. “We have the technology, tools, and knowledge we need to do this […]

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Making Use of Every Molecule

Chemistry and interior design share common goals for high-performing, sustainable products that advance the professions.

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How to Make a Facade with Recycled Materials: 16 Notable Examples

Recycled materials from mattress springs, ice cream containers, plastic chairs and recycled waste can create stunning architecture.

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19 Product Innovations from the AIA 2018 Convention

From insulated structural wall panels that use conventional wood frames and polyurethane-based insulation that are both continuous and between framing to next-generation bonding solutions, find out more about the new product launches at the 2018 AIA National Convention last month in New York.

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This NYC Luxury Building Has the Air-Purifying Power of 500 Trees

Find out how chemistry enables green building and improves air quality inside a new building in New York.

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Scientists Create ‘Super Wood’ That Is Stronger and Lighter Than Steel

Scientists have developed a new, compressed wood which is less prone to swelling and absorption.

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This Year’s Super Bowl Stadium Can Withstand Snow and Save Energy

The U.S. Bank Stadium features a sleek, practical roof made of a material that lets the snow fall off the roof into a gigantic snow gutter. This transparent material, Ethylene Tetrafluoroethyl (ETFE), also saves energy.

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How Material Connexion Gives Unrecyclable Objects A New Life

Material Connexion has a library of more than 8,000 materials, which are used to advise countless Fortune 500 companies.

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Case Studies

Chemistry and Construction Materials

Whether it is building materials such as flexible piping, wind-resistant roofing, laminated glass, and projectile-resistant doors, the chemical industry will continue to innovate materials for resilient architecture and design.

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