Architectural Considerations

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  • Making sense of energy and environmental housing programs and ratings

    Making sense of energy and environmental housing programs and ratings

    The following blog post was written by Paul Duffy, VP Engineering Icynene for Construction Canada magazine.    Are you confused by the proliferation of Energy Efficiency and Environmentally...

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  • Is Passive Housing The Way of the Future?

    Is Passive Housing The Way of the Future?

    There’s a growing trend in the housing market to create more energy efficient homes, both with new builds and existing home upgrades. Energy efficiency can mean many different things, but there’s...

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  • Icynene named "Leading Manufacturer Partner" of 2017

    Icynene named "Leading Manufacturer Partner" of 2017

    Icynene has been recognized by Builder Partnerships as one of its Leading Manufacturer Partners of 2017. The recognition was given during Builder Partnerships’ 13th Annual Networking Reception at...

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  • Ultra-cohesive open-cell spray foam innovations unveiled by Icynene

    Ultra-cohesive open-cell spray foam innovations unveiled by Icynene

    Icynene has introduced two new spray foam light density innovations for the US market - Icynene Classic Ultra and Icynene Classic Ultra Select. Both new innovations can be used in residential and...

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  • What Is the Passive House Institute and How Can It Help Your Home Become More Energy Efficient?

    What Is the Passive House Institute and How Can It Help Your Home Become More Energy Efficient?

    With energy efficient house renovations being everyone’s favorite topic in home ownership these days, you may have heard someone you know make reference to the Passive House Institute. But what is...

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  • The Role Spray Foam Insulation Can Play in Efficient Homes

    The Role Spray Foam Insulation Can Play in Efficient Homes

    If you’re building a new home, or renovating your current home, there’s a good chance you thinking about maximizing its energy efficiency. Energy efficient homes are not only a great choice to...

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  • What Does Passivhaus Mean and Why Is It Important?

    What Does Passivhaus Mean and Why Is It Important?

    There are countless buzzwords in the energy efficiency sphere, but the one that probably looks the least familiar is passivhaus. What does it mean, and why does it matter? Passivhaus is  is the...

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  • Debunking the Myths about Spray Foam Insulation

    Debunking the Myths about Spray Foam Insulation

    Separate fact from fiction - debunk the myths of spray foam insulation

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  • Can foam insulation be used on electrical wiring? Tips for electrical professionals and electricians.

    Can foam insulation be used on electrical wiring? Tips for electrical professionals and electricians.

    In the last few years, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation has rapidly been gaining popularity as a premium insulation product for the construction market. Sprayed foam insulation is...

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  • Want to participate in energy efficiency programs but worried about air tightness tests? Read on.

    Want to participate in energy efficiency programs but worried about air tightness tests? Read on.

    You have probably heard the horror stories — a builder commits to building a super energy efficient house. Maybe it’s going to be Energy Star rated, or maybe it’s R-2000, or maybe it’s something...

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  • Understanding Ice Dams: Causes and Solutions

    Understanding Ice Dams: Causes and Solutions

    While homeowners in some states across the southern United States  experience flooding and hurricanes, and the devastation that follows, those in northern states as well as Canada contend with...

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  • Spray foam insulation and post-flooding repairs of masonry veneer walls

    Spray foam insulation and post-flooding repairs of masonry veneer walls

    In the aftermath of flooding resulting from a hurricane or extreme weather event, repair work will typically include  full or partial removal of saturated and/or damaged interior finishes,...

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  • Flooding and spray foam insulation

    Flooding and spray foam insulation

    Through changing weather patterns and the increased prevalence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flood waters are becoming a major concern for homeowners and building owners. While...

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  • The Concept of "Active House"

    The Concept of "Active House"

    Active House design concept and the experience of one engineer and his young family living in the first Active House in North America.

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  • Hurricane and Super Storm Aftermath – Repair and Prepare

    Hurricane and Super Storm Aftermath – Repair and Prepare

    Within the past decade, extreme weather events such as hurricanes and super storms have become far more prevalent across the United States leaving trails of destruction and damage costing millions...

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  • Minimizing flood and water damage from hurricanes and extreme weather events

    Minimizing flood and water damage from hurricanes and extreme weather events

    Extreme spring and summer rainfalls across the USA and Canada have far exceeded the annual averages. In the central and eastern parts of the continent, heavy rainfall and flooding have caused...

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  • What is LEED? Understanding the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building program

    What is LEED? Understanding the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building program

    Within a few short years, building and designing “green” has become a familiar standard not only within the building industry itself but also from building owners/operators and homeowners.  In...

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  • Icynene Spray Foam Insulation: ProSeal LE (Canada) Part 11:42

    Icynene Spray Foam Insulation: ProSeal LE (Canada) Part 1

    Part 1: ProSeal LE

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  • OptimaHouse – The first known mass-produced energy-saving house in Ukraine

    OptimaHouse – The first known mass-produced energy-saving house in Ukraine

    The following blog post is an extract that has been translated from a comprehensive architectural document developed by Active House architect and Icynene spray foam insulation enthusiast,...

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