Tag Archives: Energy Efficiency

Our tiny house hits the road with a big message on energy efficiency

Last year our Plastics Make it Possible® campaign built a tiny house to demonstrate the role plastic building materials play in increasing energy efficiency. We unveiled the house at the California Science Center in LA, where more than 25,000 visitors saw it firsthand. This year, we decided to take a road trip and took the […]

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Plastics reduce environmental cost by nearly four times compared to alternative materials

The results of a new study  are disrupting “conventional wisdom” about the sustainability of plastics. The study, conducted by Trucost, found that the environmental costs of using plastics in packaging and consumer goods is nearly four times less than they would be if plastics were replaced with alternative materials. While the environmental costs to produce […]

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Sustainable construction starts with an efficient building envelope

Constructing energy-efficient homes and buildings has become standard practice across the Southeast, benefiting both the environment and consumers. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy consumption, an energy-efficient home can reduce families’ utility bills and improve indoor comfort. Delivering this performance begins with an efficient building envelope. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation […]

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Spray foam insulation and California’s goal for zero net energy

Residential and commercial buildings together in the United States account for about 40 percent of total energy consumption – a greater share than either the industrial or transportation sectors. Furthermore, residential energy consumption exceeds commercial, accounting for 22 percent of total primary energy consumption. California has been a leader in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse […]

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Spray foam gives energy efficient boost to award winning home designs

Homebuilders consider many factors when designing new homes and one of the most important is choosing energy efficient materials to control heating and cooling use in the home. For insulation, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) offers unique benefits that can help lower energy costs* and strengthen a home’s structure while also achieving energy efficiency goals and […]

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EE Global 2016: Remarkable gains, significant potential for energy efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy’s 9th annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum (#EEGlobal), held May 11-12, showcased the many ways energy efficiency drives productivity and profitability across the economy. Industry professionals, policymakers and members of academia reflected on the significant gains achieved to date and “next steps” for efficiency efforts. In exciting keynotes, Senators Rob Portman […]

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#CleanWater: Brought to you by chemistry

Recent events have brought to light something we take for granted every day—water. Most would agree that water is essential to life (in fact, the average American uses 176 gallons of water per day!), but not many know that chemistry is essential to water, especially to clean, fresh drinking water. That’s why we have released a […]

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Catalysis helps society do more with less…R&D can accelerate the benefits!

What do cold water detergents, catalytic converters, and fertilizer have in common? They all rely on a powerful technology called catalysis. Catalysts are added substances that increase the rate of a chemical reaction. As a result, less energy is used per unit of product. In many ways, catalytic processes and technologies make modern living possible. […]

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12 days of giving? How about 12 ways of living…energy efficiently, that is!

This winter, innovations in building products made from plastics are lending a helping hand to homeowners with “more energy efficiency” on their holiday wish list. As many of you know, plastics play a major role in every household and provide benefits that can help us save money, reduce waste and conserve energy. They’ve played a […]

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The chemistry of Star Wars

Every day, fantastical technology we see in movies like Star Wars comes closer to reality. From aerospace to defense systems to medical devices, chemistry enables amazing feats of science and imagination. In this blog post, we’re going to delve deep into the possibilities with some educational information about chemistry and its role in innovation, so […]

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