Innovations

Greenbuild 2019: Embracing the Human Impacts of Sustainability

As the foundation of nearly all manufactured products, chemistry has the power to drive impacts in sustainability and enhance health and wellness.

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ASHRAE and ACC Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Sustainability in the Building Sector

The agreement defines parameters on how the two organizations will collaborate more closely to continue promoting the advancements of a more sustainable built environment.

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Material Science

The Power of Partnership

Progress and breakthroughs in materials science made possible by chemistry are the driver for the cutting-edge products and technologies that help advance our health and wellness.

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General News

Collaboration Helps Covestro China Earn Prestigious WELL Gold Award

Leading materials science innovator collaborates to enhance staff wellness, comfort, and performance As we discussed in our previous post, collaborations that drive tangible sustainability impacts will be on full display during the four-day run of Greenbuild 2019 later this month. One notable example of the impacts of collaboration on green buildings is Covestro China’s new […]

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American Chemistry Council Joins International WELL Building Institute as Keystone Member

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced its participation in the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) membership program. IWBI, which aims to improve health and wellness through better buildings and stronger organizations, delivers the WELL Building Standard, a certification program that assesses building performance in key concept areas impacting health, such as air and water quality, […]

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Harnessing the Power of Collaboration for Sustainability

Greenbuild 2019 is poised to launch an exciting new wave of public and private partnerships In less than a month, approximately 20,000 green building professionals from more than 150 countries – including architects, interior designers, builders, product manufacturers and standard setters – will gather in Atlanta for Greenbuild 2019, hosted by the U.S. Green Building […]

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Investing in Resilience Pays Off More Than Thought, New NIBS Study Finds

The National Institute of Building Sciences’ “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report” calculates benefit–cost ratios of 4:1 up to 11:1 for investing in higher quality buildings that meet contemporary codes and standards.

Investing more upfront in hopes of securing a better return pays off when it comes to resilient design and infrastructure, according to a new report by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). During NIBS’ seventh annual Building Innovation conference last week, the nonprofit NGO released “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report,” which highlights […]

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Material Science

Material Trends to Watch in 2019

Innovative products and systems that aim to reduce our carbon footprint are sure to make headlines this year.

As concerns about climate change and humanity’s environmental footprint increase, carbon reduction will doubtless remain a prominent topic in 2019. Thankfully, certain scientists, manufacturers, and designers have acknowledged the problem, and many are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with their products and research materials or methods. The following list includes several recent material […]

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Innovations

What the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act Means for Your Practice

Online resource facilitates understanding of landmark changes to the EPA’s chemical risk review There are few responsibilities more important to an architect or interior designer than specifying building and construction materials. The materials you specify are central to a building’s sustainability, operational performance, occupant comfort, and resilience. Likewise, the chemical products which make up those […]

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Innovations

Embracing Transparency

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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