Lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) are the two largest uses of energy throughout the commercial building sector. In fact, lighting alone accounts for nearly 35–50 percent of total electricity consumption. Within the building envelope, however, lies the opportunity to reduce the energy being consumed and decrease a building’s overall carbon footprint. Achieving sustainability within the building envelope starts with specifying the right products. Choosing eco-friendly products doesn’t just ensure lower energy costs; it can enhance occupant health and reduce any negative impact on the building itself, as well as the environment.
Firestone Building Products Company LLC, a manufacturer and supplier of high-performing building product solutions, featured its newest formulation of polyiso insulation at the AIA Conference on Architecture April 27-29, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.
During the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, Florida, Owens Corning introduced formaldehyde-free Thermafiber® light-density mineral wool insulation solutions.
Thermafiber Insolutions from Owens Corning is a five-pronged approach to providing innovative insulation products and services to architects, specifiers, contractors and building façade manufacturers. Owens Corning collaborates with you to manage insulation details at every step by offering expert engineering judgments, recommendations for specific products, CAD drawings, and consultation on good design practices
As masonry wall design continues to evolve into the 21st century, terms like “air and vapor barriers,” “steel stud assemblies,” “rigid insulation versus batt insulation,” “ventilation with weeps and vents,” “clear air space,” and “oversize masonry units” are all employed to describe today’s masonry wall. Each one of these items can have a direct impact on wall reinforcing and anchoring systems. Add to that list things like “green” and “sustainable,” and, well, you get the idea. Masonry has gone through quite a transformation over the last handful of years.