Energy Efficiency

Inside a Handsome Tiny House With Solar Shingles

While most tiny houses seem to be made from wood, one tiny house that’s been traveling around the country is constructed of something a bit more unexpected: plastic.

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Innovations

Nine Ways Chemistry Contributes to High Performing Buildings

Chemistry-related traits such as density, reflectiveness, adhesiveness, viscosity, and thermal properties not only define what building materials are, but also what role they can play in the construction of a high performing building.

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Material Science

U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED Pilot Credit: Building Material Human Hazard and Exposure Assessment

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new LEED pilot credit—Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment, which encourages project teams and manufacturers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products during their installation and use phases. 

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Innovations

Plastic Architecture: 12 Projects that Highlight the Potential of Polymers

These imaginative and innovative designs represent just a few of the many ways that plastic can be used as a primary material in houses and other buildings.

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Innovations

Clean Water Day

In recognition of the UN’s World Water Day, a new video highlights how chemistry is essential to clean, fresh drinking water.

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Product Safety

Lumber Liquidators and composite wood: What’s missing from this story?

Learn about the important distinctions between compliant and non-compliant laminate flooring materials from Jackson Morrill, the president of the Composite Panel Association.

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Material Science

Newest homes built to stand up to Mother Nature’s fiercest outbursts

Although much attention has focused on green building practices, resilient-design strategies take the concept of building efficiently a step further with a proactive approach to creating durable homes that can withstand almost anything Mother Nature throws at them.

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Innovations

10 Innovative Buildings Made from Plastic

From uniquely designed houses to a stylish pavilion, plastic material science is moving architectural designs forward.

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Product Safety

Architect Magazine: Chemistry and the Building Process for Architects

This continuing education print course explores how chemistry enhances performance in the building industry as well as the future of chemistry for architects.

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Product Safety

Chemical Ingredients in Building Products: What Do You Really Need to Know?

HPDs can’t be used in isolation to make decisions about the safety and environmental performance of a product.

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