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Protecting our heroes with high performance plastics

This has been a difficult year for the many Americans who have experienced wildfires and storm-related flooding. So it’s also a fitting time to honor the heroes who put their lives on the line to protect us. They run into burning homes, brave floodwaters, battle raging wildfires, and help stop epidemics. To honor those who […]

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2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference draws highest attendance of more than 1,000 professionals to New Orleans

“Sixty years – what a milestone,” remarked 2017 conference committee chair Melissa Rose during the opening session of the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. “Think about it: leading figures in our field have been convening every year for six decades, and each time bring new ideas and insights from the brightest experts in the industry.” » […]

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National Nanotechnology Day: Celebrating the possibilities of the small

It’s National Nanotechnology Day! A day for raising awareness of nanotechnology and celebrating the science of the small. What is nanotechnology and how small is it? Nanotechnology involves the use of incredibly small pieces of matter. How small? “Nano” means a billionth of a meter. To put that in perspective, an average human hair is […]

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Building resilience with materials from the molecule up

This year, the concept of ‘resiliency’ in the building landscape has emerged as more than a buzzword – it’s a key priority for builders, architects and building occupants alike. Many regions around the world are increasingly subject to the rigors of various impacts, including extreme weather, population shifts, disease, power or communication disruptions, and financial […]

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More plastic, less waste? Yes. Seriously. 

A new study in the journal Science Advances looks at the “Production, Use and Fate of All Plastics Ever Made.” We welcome this new study, and the opportunity it provides to context to the important discussions around plastics’ growth and post-use management. Let’s start with a fact that might be counter-intuitive: plastics are highly efficient […]

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Approaching hurricane season underscores importance of well-built homes

Hurricane season is approaching, and Floridians will soon prepare themselves and their homes for potentially serious storms. Everyone knows that preparing for a hurricane includes making sure buildings are as secure as possible, including boarding up the windows and removing loose items that may damage nearby structures. However, building scientists understand the importance of building […]

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Summer heat coming! Learn how to maximize energy efficiency on newly redesigned WhySprayFoam.Org

With the summer months bearing down on us, temperatures rising, and air conditioners working overtime to keep us all cool, it’s a great time to think about the energy efficiency of your home. Did you know as much as 40% of a home’s energy is lost due to air infiltration? Gaps, holes and air leaks […]

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California housing market shortage presents opportunity for new builders and SPF insulation

Research from the past several months has shown a shortage in the California housing market, with home sales down 14 percent compared to the average month across the last 30 years. It’s not just California either. In the spring, the National Association of Realtors reported the supply of homes across the United States at the […]

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Happy Anniversary, Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act

One year ago, Americans witnessed something happen in Washington that they don’t get to see all that often—the enactment of significant legislation with strong backing from both parties. In fact, it was the first major environmental law to make its way through Congress since 1990. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century […]

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Neocon: Spotlight on high performing materials in interior design

Neocon bound? Designers heading to Chicago for Neocon this week will see the newest products and prototypes expected to transform spaces in commercial interior design. Interior designers can learn more about how chemistry contributes to these latest materials – whether it is in Sustainable surfaces and countertops made from a composite blend of epoxies, recycled glass, […]

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