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A Report Finds Differences in SPF’s Impact on the CO2 Footprint Based on the Type of Blowing Agent

A new life cycle analysis comparing spray foam with other conventional types of non air sealing insulation evaluates spray polyurethane foam’s (SPF’s) lifespan pollution footprint using carefully modeled virtual homes. When the right blowing agents are used in SPF production, the estimated savings in energy use rapidly compensates for the production phase.

Read more at Green Builder »

Hexion Announces Intent to Open Portland, Oregon, Site

The site will manufacture ArmorBuilt™ fire-resistant wrap for wooden utility poles. Hexion Inc. intends to expand its Portland, Oregon, manufacturing site to support its recently-launched ArmorBuilt fire-resistant wrap, which, the company states, can greatly improve fire protection when applied to wood utility poles and help protect vital community infrastructure.

Read more at Hexion.com »

Low-Income, Black, Hispanic, and Native American Households Face High Energy Burdens

ACEEE’s 2020 research found that low-income, Black, Hispanic, and Native American households all face dramatically higher energy burdens – spending a greater portion of their income on energy bills – than the average household.

Read more at American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy »

Dow Announces Results of Inaugural Carbon Challenge

Dow and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) shared the results of their inaugural Carbon Challenge, which received a total of 63 entries across 16 cities in Northern Asia. Jointly, these 63 buildings saved 38,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent year over year (equivalent to over 600,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years), and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on average more than 2% year over year.

Read more at US Glass Magazine »

Behind the Scorecard: Breaking Down Our Progress Towards 2025

Two years ago, Milliken launched its first Corporate Sustainability Report that established its 2025 sustainability goals. In 2019, they focused on laying the groundwork for their sustainability journey by putting in place governance and operational processes to help them advance toward their sustainability targets.

Read more at Milliken & Company »

Planning for Change

Leading designers share how they’re rethinking space design and product specification amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more at Contract Design Network »

Pittsburgh Combats Affordable Housing Shortage with Modular, Factory-Built Homes

Pittsburgh lost much of its population when the steel industry declined, and saw thousands of homes demolished over the past several decades. A local start-up modular design and development company saw the vacant lots as an opportunity to address Pittsburgh’s need for affordable, turnkey housing.

Read more at Professional Builder »

Award: Stereoform Slab’s Optimized Structure Reduces Embodied Concrete

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill developed an undulating “smart band beam” to support a concrete slab at half the thickness of a typical flat plate.

Read more at Architect Magazine »

Indoor Air Quality Becomes a Bigger Issue

Filters have become technologically advanced, just like everything else. A new system from Filtrete, a division of 3M, matches a sensor onto a furnace filter, and homeowners or building owners can check the condition of the filter via a smart phone app.

Read more at Builderoline.com »

New Canadian Version of Online Health & Safety Training Program for Spray Polyurethane Foam Users Now Available

ACC’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) released the Canadian version of its online chemical health and safety training program designed to provide information about the safe use, handling and disposal of high-pressure spray polyurethane foam (SPF).

Read more at American Chemistry Council »