Materials science, particularly in the building space, is continuing to evolve and produce materials that can do double duty—for example, exhibiting both structural and insulating properties. Such is the case for Foamglas, a porous cellular glass insulation product that performs like rigid foam but it specifically designed to reduce thermal bridging. As ARCHITECT columnist Blaine Brownell, AIA, explains to Builder magazine: “It has to do with bridging a weak spot, literally as well as figuratively, between energy performance and structural performance in buildings. In housing it’s especially notable because housing is usually heated more of the year as opposed to commercial buildings which have dominant AC use,” he says. “Thermal efficiency is primarily focused on heat retention with Passive House and other types of strategies to improve energy efficiency." Brownell will be speaking on the topic of building product innovation at the HIVE conference, hosted by ARCHITECT’s sister publication, Builder, next month in Los Angeles.

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