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Dow Receives 2017 U.S. EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) was named a 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a ceremony on May 15, in Oxen Hill, MD. Dow was recognized in the Safer Choice Innovator category for two sustainable product innovations, ECOSURF™ EH Surfactants and BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant (FR) Technology. Read Article

Vancouver convention center green roof using STYROFOAM

5 Reasons to Choose an Inverted Roof

Inverted roofs increasingly are becoming a popular alternative to traditional roofs as their benefits have become more apparent. Simply defined as a type of roof construction where the waterproofing layer lies beneath the insulation instead of above it — as in other forms of roofing — inverted roofs ensure that the complete roof construction, including roof covering, is kept at warm temperatures during winter months and at moderate temperates during the summer months. Read Article

Why ‘cool roofs’ are critical to urban resilience

As the impacts of climate change become increasingly more apparent, investing in sustainable technologies to improve the resilience of our cities is more important than ever. Read Article

Dow Announces Commercial Wall Code Assessment Engine in Canada

Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), announces a self-guided Commercial Code Assessment Engine in Canada.Read Article

Dow Announces Non-Flammable Foam Adhesive for Trucks and Trailers

Latest adhesive designed to improve productivityRead Article

Dow Announces FROTH-PAK™ ULTRA Premium Foam Insulation Partnership

Dow partners with Titan to introduce the first code approved low-pressure foam partnership to market, designed to optimize yield and increase productivityRead Article

Improving Insulation by Lowering Thermal Conductivity

Materials that have a lower thermal conductivity provide better insulation for buildings and, consequently, reduce heating or cooling costs.Read Article

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Latitude 45 Apartment Complex Case Study with Dow

How this developer used innovative building design to overcome harsh weather during construction phases and protect the building envelope. Read Article

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Amy Schmidt appointed Vice-Chair of committee to advance green building standards

While rarely hogging the sustainability spotlight, building codes play a key role in bringing about a more sustainable built environment. This is something we at Dow Building & Construction (B&C) have always known, and it’s why our advocacy team focuses its energy on code development in the International Code Council (ICC) and ASHRAE processes. Today, we are proud to announce that our own B&C Advocacy Manager, Amy Schmidt, has been selected as ASHRAE’s Vice-Chair on the 2018 ICC/ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard Committee. Read Article

Contractor using Great Stuff Foam with STYROFOAM™ Ultra Insulation

The Ultra Air Barrier Wall System

Whether designing for steel stud or brick and block back up, the Ultra Air Barrier Wall System incorporates the most innovative technology in the trusted, proven STYROFOAM™ Brand XPS Insulation to provide the highest R-value available in XPS insulation for continuous exterior insulation and integrates an air/weather resistive barrier for simplified design and faster construction. Read Article

Thermax Wall System

THERMAX™ Wall System: An Innovative Way to Achieve High Performing Results

The THERMAX™ Wall System is more than an insulated wall – it’s a systematic approach to achieving efficiency at every level: simplified design, streamlined construction and optimized energy consumption for a reduced carbon footprint.Read Article

Insulation stored at a new construction site

Dow Building Solutions receives BBA accreditation for XENERGY™ SL

Dow's XENERGY™ SL roofing insulation product has been endorsed by the British Board of Agrément (BBA), which provides a recognized symbol of quality and reassurance for the construction industry.Read Article