Case Studies

At NIST Net-Zero Energy House, Energy Efficiency, Clean Air Are Compatible Goals

Even with its airtight construction, air quality inside the two-story, net-zero energy house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) bests the air quality in new, conventionally built houses, researchers report.

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Product Safety

How Stevens’ Sure House Responds to Hurricane Sandy

Building materials can help the Jersey shore and other coastal areas bounce back from the damaging effects of storms and hurricanes. Learn more about the SURE HOUSE, Stevens Institute of Technology’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon competition.

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Energy Efficiency

Green building Q&A: plastics industry delivers energy efficiency innovations

A one-year study by Franklin Associates found that the use of plastic building and construction materials saved 467 trillion Btu of energy over alternative construction materials.

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General News

What Is R-Value and What Does It Mean To You?

R-value is a measurement of how insulating a building material is. Different materials can be used to achieve a variety of different R-values.

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Case Studies

Preserving and Protecting Cleveland’s Theater District Finds Success with Spray-foam Insulation

Cleveland’s Playhouse Square district is a textbook example of historic preservation and reuse with building materials enabled by chemistry.

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