In Europe, United States, and around the globe, designers must consider many extremes when it comes to the roof. The compliance standards are also rising, and safety is non-negotiable while improving impact on the planet. Innovations to familiar materials such as extruded polystyrene (XPS) are supporting growing sustainability efforts.
Dave Caputo, director of product marketing-XPS Foam at Owens Corning, discusses the impact of the new regulations on the construction industry, and some of the sustainable options available in the market.
Hundreds of years ago, buildings were thought of much more simply—as shelter, meant to protect people from the elements. Today, that purpose holds, but the technology, practices, and materials that go into high-performing building enclosures have evolved to do more.
This year, ‘resiliency’ emerged in the building landscape as more than a buzzword. 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 shocks.
In 2015, The United States experienced 113,500 nonresidential structure fires (the latest year for which data on this are available), resulting in 80 civilian deaths and $3.1 billion in property damage.