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UK Residents Evacuated Over Material Concerns

Residents living in a Hoxton, London-based housing block have recently been instructed to evacuate their homes within 12 months due to an installation issue.


Concerns Raised Over Flammable Material in Mac

Details of the Glasgow School of Art’s 51 million-pound refurbishment are now under scrutiny amidst an investigation into a fire that ripped through the famous building in June—the second de...


Officials to Change Safety Tests After Failures

A 100 percent fire fail rate of 200 cladding samples of high-rises in the United Kingdom is leading officials to recommend broadening the tests.


Charges Considered in Grenfell Tower Fire

The Metropolitan Police Service announced late last week that a criminal investigation has been opened regarding the fatal fire at London’s Grenfell Tower.


Experts Look At Cladding After Fatal London Fire

A cloud of speculation surrounds the cause of the fatal fire that tore through a London high-rise early Wednesday morning.


Companies Partner for Wall Systems Line

Cladding, air barrier and panelization company Sto Corp. (Atlanta) has announced that it is pairing with two insulation suppliers to give customers some wall system flexibility.


Company Releases New Insulation Formula

Indianapolis-based Firestone Building Products announced on Friday that it has released the newest formulation of the company's polyiso insulation.


Jotun Opens $5.6M Intumescent R&D Site

Coatings manufacturer Jotun has announced the opening of a new research and development center focused on passive fire protection and insulation coatings at its facility in Flixborough, U.K.


Covestro to Sell SPF Unit

Covestro LLC has agreed to sell its North American spray polyurethane foam business to Accella Polyurethane Systems.


Japan Nuclear Corrosion Spurs Inspections

Inspections of pipes at nuclear sites in Japan have been conducted for decades without removing insulation, and now more thorough check-ups are reportedly revealing considerable corrosion.


DAP Acquires Touch ‘N Foam

RPM International Inc.’s DAP business has added polyurethane foam brand Touch 'N Foam to its expanding portfolio of offerings.


Sika to Buy Roof and Wall Systems Maker

Sika has announced the planned acquisition of Rmax Operating LLC, a U.S.-based company that manufactures polyiso insulation products for the building envelope.


SPF Insulation Uses Hybrid-Cell Approach

Hybrid cell technology allows a new spray polyurethane foam insulation from Rhino Linings (San Diego) to bridge the gap between the company's open- and closed-cell products, according to the...


Testing Firm Opens Dedicated Coatings Center

A materials and product qualification testing provider based in the United Kingdom is expanding its coatings testing services with a facility offering enhanced offerings to the oil, gas and ...


Spray Foam Uses Hybrid-Cell Technology

A new spray polyurethane foam insulation product from Rhino Linings uses hybrid-cell technology to create a strong and semi-rigid layer, without some of the problems presented by closed-cell...


3M, EPD Tout Window Film

A new window film technology helps to regulate building temperature, reducing heat loss by up to 38 percent, reports product manufacturer 3M and distributor Energy Products Distribution.


Performance Considerations of Silicon Aerogel Insulation

Silica-based aerogel insulation is the topic of a free webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Axalta Launches Insulation Coatings Series

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier, Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) has announced the introduction of its Voltahyd 2250 series T, M and E electrical insulation coatings, the co...


Lapolla Bows Energy-Saving SPF

Spray foam and roof coatings manufacturer Lapolla Industries Inc.has introduced a new open-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation designed for use without an ignition barrier.


Lab Snags $4M for Efficiency Research

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be stepping up research on energy efficiency in buildings thanks to grants of more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.


New Green Standard Tackles Insulation

Environmental certification group Green Seal has announced a new standard to help consumers determine what architectural insulation products are best for the environment.


DOE Funds Window Coatings

The federal government is investing $31 million in 14 window coating and windowpane research and development projects.


Fungus Could Keep Out the Cold

An Alaska researcher may have developed a sustainable way to insulate buildings and infrastructure from the state’s icy permafrost—using a mushroom.


Shell Taps Pipe Coating, Insulation Firms

A Chesterfield, MO, company involved in the protection, rehabilitation, engineering and design of infrastructure projects has announced it is slated to begin pipe coating work, and the appli...


Dow Updates Facer for Rainscreen Systems

Dow Building Solutions has introduced a dark exterior facer to optimize its THERMAX XARMOR (ci) Exterior Insulation for rainscreen applications in North America.


Accella Expands Spray Foam Business

In its quest to be the leading polyurethane systems powerhouse in North America, Accella Performance Materials has added Quadrant Urethane Technologies’ spray foam division, Quadrant Spray F...


Green Seals Seeks Input on Insulation

Third-party product certifier Green Seal is seeking stakeholder input on its proposed Environmental Leadership Standard for Architectural Insulation Materials (GS-54).


Insulation Panels Made for Sidewalls

GAF has introduced ThermaCal Wall - Exterior Wall Insulation Panels, constructed to meet the need for increased R-value in building construction.


Industrial Spray-On Insulation Debuts

A new spray-on insulation for high-temperature industrial applications offers personal protection from extreme heat while preventing corrosion under insulation, according to its manufacturer...


Asbestos Case Results in Jail, Fine

An Ontario-based contractor must spend 30 days in jail and pay a $45,000 fine after failing to comply with proper asbestos-removal procedures.


Flame Retardant Causes Warehouse Fire

A flame retardant stored in a California foam insulation, coatings and roofing company’s warehouse led to a hazardous materials scare for firefighters after it caught fire and then exploded.


Insulation Company Closes Ninth Deal

Installed Building Products Inc., a national insulation and building products installation company, has acquired a North Carolina-based residential spray polyurethane foam insulation install...


Catalyst Helps Rigid Polyurethane Foams

Air Products has introduced a non-emissive catalyst that the company says is designed to help polyurethane foam producers maximize foam performance in “next generation” hydrofluoroolefin (HF...


Smooth Finish SPF Insulation Debuts

Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a closed cell, spray-polyurethane foam insulation that is suitable for use in tank and pipeline applications.


Dow Designs Iconic Arena’s Ice System

Dow Chemical Company is helping the University of Michigan hockey players feel confident that they aren’t skating on thin ice.


DOE Projects Focus on Building Science

Building envelope and ventilation technologies are at the center of five new U.S. Department of Energy funded projects in development.


SPF Insulation to Offer Smooth Finish

A San Diego-based manufacturer of protective coatings and linings has introduced a closed-cell, spray-polyurethane foam insulation for residential and commercial applications.


New Standard to Focus on Insulation

Third-party product certifier Green Seal is developing a new standard aimed at helping purchasers identify and choose environmentally preferable architectural insulation materials.


Design Students Use SPF for Prototypes

While spray polyurethane foam is typically used for air sealing and insulating buildings, architecture students at the Washington University in St. Louis are using the material in a non-trad...


DOE Awards Window Installation Concept

A novel approach to installing building envelope components is among the innovations recently recognized by the Department of Energy.


Study: 90% of Homes Under Insulated

Only 10 percent of U.S. homes are thought to be insulated adequately, according to new research.


Professor Patents Bio-Panel System

Paper, weeds, industrial hemp and discarded forest products are among the waste materials a University of Colorado architecture professor and former graduate student are using to produce bui...


Wall Made to Control Heat, Moisture

BASF Corp. has developed a single integrated wall-enclosure system designed to deliver control of heat, air and moisture as well as increased structural integrity.


Acquisitions Swallow Spray Foam Firms

Accella Performance Materials, a St. Louis manufacturer of polyurethanes and recycled rubber products, has announced acquisitions of three spray foam and coatings companies.


Insulation Firm Inks 6th Acquisition

In a move it says will increase its footprint in New Jersey, the New York metropolitan area and Texas, Installed Building Products Inc. has acquired Eastern Contractor Services.


Study: All Insulation Performs Equally

A recent study of several insulation types suggests that no single type of insulation offers better performance than others when all are properly installed.


Probe Measures Coating up to 100mm

WINDSOR, CT--A new measurement device from Fischer, the FA100, is intended to assess coating thickness for oil pipelines, including the multi-layer polypropylene structures required for deep...


Rhino Builds Out Insulation Business

SAN DIEGO—Protective-coatings maker Rhino Linings Corp. is reaching deeper into the building products market with the acquisition of a Missouri spray-foam insulation maker.


Rhino Linings Buys Spray Foam Maker

SAN DIEGO—Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired a Missouri-based spray foam insulation manufacturer, broadening its reach into the building products market.


Polyurethane Sprouts from Plant Oils

PULLMAN, WA—Plants, not petroleum, underpin a new generation of polyurethanes being developed at Washington State University.


Scientists Plant Greener Polyurethane

PULLMAN, WA—Loved for their toughness and corrosion resistance, but not so much for their petroleum base, polyurethanes are getting new green roots at Washington State University.


EPA's Asbestos Plan: Leave It

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The federal government has proposed leaving behind toxic asbestos found in walls of houses and underground in Libby, MT, in a final plan issued for the Superfund site.


Building Asbestos Sparks Move by 1,000

NEWPORT NEWS, VA—Asbestos, a legacy of decades of Navy shipbuilding, has been discovered in a building ventilation system at Newport News Shipbuilding, prompting the company to relocate abou...


Wall Foam Made to Lay It on Thick

SEATTLE, WA—Specialty coatings and insulation producer Gaco Western has introduced a closed-cell wall foam insulation designed to lay down four inches in a single pass.


FL May Cut Builder Lawsuits Again

A new bill in Florida seeks to further tighten the time that building owners would have to sue builders, developers and other contractors over construction defects.


Fruity Fiber Muffles Gypsum Alternative

The task of pruning orange trees won't end out in the field if Dr. Jésus Alba has his way.


Thermal Spacers Fill Envelope Gaps

Metal buildings can make code with a continuous insulation system that includes new SNS Thermal Spacers from Sealed "N" Safe, the Utah manufacturer says.


First Straw Houses Hit the Market

Despite their bad rap from the Big Bad Wolf, straw houses cannot be huffed and puffed and blown out of existence.


LP Spray Foam Touts HP Performance

Dow Building Solutions has unveiled a low-pressure (LP) spray foam system designed to provide the same performance as high-pressure (HP) drum foam insulation, but without the need for large ...


Coating Offers Thin-Film Insulation

AkzoNobel’s International brand has launched a thin-film, spray-applied insulation coating for industrial environments.


New Panels Add Dimension to Façades

A new commercial wall system aims to deliver “a complicated, custom façade” with a simple, single-panel assembly.


EPA Touts Flame-Retardant Options

Federal regulators have identified safer alternatives to flame-retardant chemicals used in building insulation and products containing flexible polyurethane foam.


Sounding a Smart Note in Cincy

CINCINNATI—Attention, architects, engineers, specifiers and contractors who do stupid things: Stay away from Joe Lstiburek. That goes double for the buildings you design and construct. Espec...


Harmful Chemicals Cited in Daycare

Researchers in California say the presence of hazardous flame-retardant chemicals is widespread in child care facilities.


Intumescent Offers 15-Minute Barrier

A new thin-film coating for foam insulation provides a 15-minute thermal barrier for occupied spaces, the manufacturer reports.


High R-Value Spray-Foam Debuts

Icynene has launched Classic Plus, a 100 percent water-blown, low-density open-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation for residential and commercial building projects.


Intumescent SPF Coating Launched

Flame Control Coatings has developed a water-based, thin-film intumescent coating for spray polyurethane foam insulation.


Coating Covers Temperature Extremes

International Paint has introduced a new coating for the North American offshore and onshore industrial markets.


Indiana to Switch off Energy Program

A new law will pull the plug Dec. 31 on an Indiana program designed to make homes, businesses and schools more energy efficient.


New Foam Insulation Devised from Wood

German researchers say they have developed a greener alternative to using petrochemical plastics for building insulation.


Building Plastics Market Powers Up

Global demand for building and construction plastics is poised to grow at a 7 percent annual clip in the coming years, reaching $57.5 billion in 2019, a new market forecast suggests.


Icynene Offers New Spray Foam Insulation

Spray-foam manufacturer Icynene has introduced ProSeal, a closed-cell, medium-density, spray-foam insulation for commercial and residential applications.


Insulation Seals Without Added Barrier

FireStop2, new from Gaco Western, is reportedly the first single-application, open-cell, spray-foam insulation that requires no additional ignition barrier, according to the manufacturer.


Foam Market to Spring Forward

“Particularly robust growth” in U.S. construction will bring “significant opportunities” for foam insulation and other products made from plastic foams in the years ahead, a new market forec...


Green Building Technologies Set to Grow

Insulation, siding and smart windows—all key components of higher-performing buildings—are on course to flourish, with strong gains this year and beyond, according to new market forecasts.


Report Ties Building Products to Asthma

Paints, flooring, carpets, insulation and other building products formulated with asthma-causing chemicals should be avoided to slow the growing “epidemic” of the chronic inflammatory lung c...


New Continuous Insulation Suite Offered

Firestone Building Products has launched a new line of building envelope products formulated to improve thermal performance and prevent thermal bridging in commercial buildings.


Insulated Panels Now HFR-Free

Kingspan Insulated Panels - North America has introduced a high-endurance, high-thermal-efficiency foam insulation material for the building envelope without halogenated flame retardants (HF...


New Unit Uncovers Building Air Leaks

Hidden air leakage in building envelopes and rigid air-barrier systems in the field is the target of DeFelsko's new PosiTest AIR Leak Tester.


Device Exposes Building Envelope Leaks

DeFelsko has introduced a portable device that detects air leakage in building envelopes and rigid air-barrier systems in the field.


Home Wrap Breathes, Provides Barrier

DuPont Building Innovations has introduced a home building wrap that acts as a breathable air and water barrier, while providing continuous exterior insulation.


Insulation Contractor Admits $1M Fraud

A convicted felon who ran four contracting companies in Connecticut may be headed back to federal prison after pleading guilty in a million-dollar fraud scheme.


Free Webinar Covers CUI Systems

Preventing corrosion under insulation with a “sandwich” of jacketing, insulation and the right CUI coating will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Self-Fusing Tape Touts Watertight Seal

Rust-Oleum Industrial Brands has rolled out a silicone tape designed to provide an air-tight, chemical-resistant and moisture-resistant bond that conforms to any surface.


Rust-Oleum Launches Self-Fusing Tape

A new self-fusing silicone repair tape is designed to provide a watertight seal and conform to any surface, according to manufacturer Rust-Oleum Industrial Brands.


Free Roof Efficiency Calculator Updated

The National Roofing Contractors Association has revised its online EnergyWise Roof Calculator to incorporate updates of key international construction codes and add selected insulation data...


CA to Review Flame Retardants

The days of using hazardous flame-retardant chemicals in building foam insulation may be numbered in California, under a new law that will take a closer look at those chemicals.


EPA Issues Flame Retardant Risk Report

Safer options are available for a flame-retardant chemical commonly used in polystyrene building insulation, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


2 Exterior Insulation Products Debut

Atlas Roofing Corp. has added two polyisocyanurate exterior wall insulation products for residential and commercial projects to its EnergyShield portfolio.


AK Couple Seals Air-Tight Record

This story isn’t just off the wall. It’s off four 28-inch-thick walls.


Firms Team Up on New Foam Insulation

A new closed-cell spray foam insulation is designed to seal the building envelope from air filtration, moisture, allergens and pollutants.


SPF to Seal in Extreme Climes

Rhino Linings Corp. has expanded its insulation portfolio with a new closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF) product for buildings in extreme hot and cold climates..


Contractors Fined in Fire that Injured 3

Federal regulators have slapped 22 citations and $60,200 in fines on two government contractors in a flash fire that erupted inside some insulation ductwork and severely burned three workers...


Bayer MS to Sell Off Resins Units

Bayer MaterialScience has announced plans to sell its global powder polyester resins business and its U.S.-based liquid polyester resins merchant business to Stepan Company.


Clear Coat Made to Protect Vinyl Siding

Nanotech coating maker Industrial Nanotech Inc. has introduced Nansulate Vinyl Fresh, a waterborne latex-based clear coat for revitalizing aged vinyl siding and preserving new vinyl siding.


Graco Settles 2nd Anti-Trust Case

For the second time in less than a year, spray-equipment giant Graco Inc. has agreed to settle federal anti-trust claims related to a takeover of its competitor.


Graco Settles FTC Anti-Trust Suit

Graco Inc., North America's largest spray foam and coatings equipment maker, has agreed to settle a long-running federal antitrust case over the acquisition of two former competitors.


Grace Unveils Home Waterproofing Line

Global construction materials supplier Grace Construction Products has developed a new suite of products to seal and protect homes from water, snow and ice.


VT Contractor Charged in Fraud

A Vermont contractor hired to perform asbestos removal, insulation and other home-improvement work has been charged with pocketing more than $60,000 without completing the job.


Probation Set in Hospital Bid Rigging

Six years of cooperation with federal prosecutors in a bid-rigging case involving two New York City hospitals earned an insulation contractor a pass on prison this week.


Jury Charges Dow with $400M in Damages

A federal jury hit Dow Chemical Company with $400 million in damages to buyers affected by a urethane price-fixing conspiracy, an amount that could potentially be tripled under federal antit...


Dow Hit with $400M Jury Verdict

Dow Chemical Company conspired with other companies in a urethane price-fixing conspiracy and owes $400 million in damages to affected buyers, a federal jury in Kansas City, KS, has decided.


Roof Panel Maker Hit with $123K Fine

A Maine-based roof and wall insulation panel manufacturer faces a total of $123,000 in federal fines after regulators uncovered 23 serious safety and health violations at its production plan...


Coating Claims Draw $350K Fine

False, dramatic energy-saving claims about paints and coatings have cost one Florida home-insulation marketer $350,000 in civil penalties.


No Pulp Fiction: Bricks of Paper Waste

It may sound unappetizing, but a novel mix of clay, sludge, paper waste and ceramics is producing a new kind of insulating brick that holds potentially significant economic and environmental...


EIFS Maker Hits UK Market

Terraco Group, a global finishing materials manufacturer, has announced the launch of its innovative EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System) into the UK market.


DOE Invests $9M in Building Envelope

An energy-efficient roof sandwich system reported to slash construction costs by 25 percent is among six cutting-edge projects recently awarded $9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.


 
 
   

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