Tag Archives: Energy Efficiency

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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Spray Foam Coalition continues sponsorship of DOE’s Race to Zero Student Design Competition

As we have for the past few years, the Spray Foam Coalition of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) sponsored the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition. This year, the first-place winner in the small multifamily housing contest – from Georgia Tech – used […]

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Chemistry 101 at #AIACon17

The American Institute of Architects’ Conference on Architecture brings together thousands of architects and building and design industry professionals this week in Orlando, with the opportunity to see the latest innovative building products and meet with companies that support the industry. American Chemistry Council members are showcasing products that enable the latest efficient, durable and […]

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Stronger, safer, sleeker: Modern plastics are changing how we get around

Plastics Make it Possible® visited the recent Los Angeles Auto Show to check out the latest innovations in the automotive world. From concept cars to models likely to show up in your driveway there was one common denominator: Plastics. It makes sense: lightweight and sturdy plastics help make cars lighter and more fuel efficient, and […]

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The U.S. EPA adds its voice to plastics recycling and sustainability

We have a new partner in promoting a more holistic way of looking at plastics: the U.S. EPA. On America Recycles Day (November 15), ACC’s Plastics Division and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a partnership to promote sustainable materials management (SMM) for plastics. SMM offers a systematic approach to more efficiently using and reusing […]

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The key to building energy efficiency? A sound building envelope

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation can increase the energy-efficiency of a home by creating a sound building envelope, which shields the home’s living areas from the outdoor environment. Homes can lose as much as 40 percent of heating and cooling energy through cracks and gaps in the building envelope. SPF acts as an effective barrier […]

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Celebrating the first National Nanotechnology Day

The U.S. Nanotechnology community will come together to celebrate the first National Nanotechnology Day on October 9, 2016 (an homage to the nanometer scale, 10-9 meters). The annual event will serve as a day to inform the public about nanotechnology, to share the accomplishments of the industry and to promote the future possibilities and benefits nanotechnology offers. Nanotechnology […]

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Flexible plastic packaging: New research shows potential for increased recycling and recovery

Have you ever stopped in an aisle at the grocery store and noticed how many items are now sold in flexible plastic packaging? From baby food to tuna fish, laundry detergent pods to pet food, many items once sold in glass or rigid plastic packaging are now sold in lightweight flexible packaging. And while flexible […]

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Spray foam insulation brings ambitious sustainability goals within reach

In September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed ambitious climate change legislation that set an even higher bar than previous laws – California would now have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. This integrated plan to address climate change includes doubling energy efficiency savings at existing buildings. Along with other […]

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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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