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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

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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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

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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

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Dow Announces Production of STYROFOAM™ Brand Insulation with Sustainable Polymeric Flame Retardant in Canada

Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), has announced it is now producing all STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Insulation sold in Canada with BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology, a next-generation sustainable flame retardant solution.Read Article

Winter is no Longer a Construction Barrier With New Building Envelope Solution

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today announced the expansion of its weatherization solutions to include LIQUIDARMOR LT Flashing and Sealant. The product emphasizes Dow’s commitment to providing solutions to address global challenges, builds on the Company’s current technology in the market, and highlights the complimentary expertise gained from the Dow Corning integration.Read Article

Dow Joins Smart Cities Council to Help Global Cities Become More Sustainable

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today that it will join the Smart Cities Council, an alliance of companies collaborating to deliver frameworks and solutions for smarter cities. Dow’s membership has been featured in the White House Fact Sheet, released Monday, which recognizes the Company’s contributions to five select cities looking to accelerate urban livability, workability and sustainability.Read Article

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Dow Recognized for World-Class Customer Excellence

Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), remains the only recipient of the prestigious “Partners of Choice” Award from David Weekley Homes to receive straight “A, A” ratings in quality and service for twelve consecutive years, the longest consecutive winner of more than 200 participating companies. David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held home builder, has been evaluating suppliers since 2004 with its world-class Supplier Evaluation Platform.Read Article

Dow Announces Agreement to Construct New STYROFOAM™ Brand Insulation Manufacturing Facility

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today its plans to construct a new manufacturing facility to be located in Burley, Idaho. The new facility will be operated by Dow Building Solution (DBS), a business unit within Dow, and produce STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Insulation – a leading thermal insulation solution facilitating sustainability, innovation and community success in the building and construction industry since its discovery in 1941.Read Article

Why smart schools should be using smart building materials

The smartest schools have been built from the ground up, literally, with materials that boost efficiency, comfort, safety and financial savings. From the very first atom, critical school building blocks—insulation, cement, recreation surfaces—can be developed with chemistries that ensure high marks in the performance, cost and sustainability categories.Read Article

Insulation being installed on the floor of a new construction environment

Dow Building Solutions boosts XENERGY™ brand with launch of complementary insulation product

Dow Building Solutions has enhanced its extruded polystyrene (XPS) roofing insulation brand XENERGY™, with the launch of a new product specifically designed for use on parapets and upstands.Read Article

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Dow Announces Clean Energy Mix for Manufacturing Sites

Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), continues to remain a leader in the transition to a sustainable energy future with the announcement today of 100 percent renewable energy procurement in North America for STYROFOAM™ Brand XPS Insulation, THERMAX™ Brand Insulation, FROTH-PAK™ Spray Foam Insulation and GREAT STUFF™ Insulating Foam Sealant operations in 2016. In 2015, roughly 10 percent of STYROFOAM™ XPS production and 50 percent of THERMAX™ production operated on renewable energy resources.Read Article