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Chemistry: A Major Driver of Building Performance

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Advances in Chemistry Make More Sustainable Building Envelopes.vancements in chemistry bring to each of six building envelope components: Insulation, Roofing, Wall Systems, Fenestrations, Air a nd WeatherBarriers, and Concrete. Specifically, chemists are continuously discovering ways to improve building products, and at th e same time, providing the industry with much-needed metrics for defining sustainability, including third-party verified analysis of environmental impacts and life-cycle assessments. The result is that today's construction professionals can now access a vast p


1.) Evaluate at least three negative impacts of buildings on the environment.
2.) Identify the six elements of the building envelope discussed in this article.
3.) Specify at least one sustainability benefit for each of the six elements that advances in chemistry have made possible.
4.) Explain how at least one of the sustainability advances discussed in the article has helped create ahigher-performing building envelope.

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