Insulation products help home achieve recognition from U.S. Department of Energy
The combination of products from several companies focused on efficiency – Dow Building Solutions among them – has helped a Michigan builder earn a prestigious award.
Cobblestone Homes, a two-time winner of the Greatest Builder in the Great Lakes Bay Region, recently received the U.S. Department of Energy's 2014 Housing Innovation Award for Zero Energy Ready Homes in the customer builder category. Cobblestone won for a ranch-style home built in Midland, Mich., which features Dow’s Styrofoam and Froth-Pak insulations. The products solidify a structure’s air seal and form a barrier against the weather.
The Housing Innovation Awards recognized builders who are changing the way homes are designed and constructed, while raising the standard of home performance that contributes to comfort, health, durability and energy savings.
To mark the achievement, Dow and Cobblestone brought Sam Rashkin, chief architect for the U.S. Department of Energy, to Midland to speak to local building industry representatives about the future of building and the increasing need for building professionals to embrace the concept of high-performance home building. Rashkin is the author of “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry – How it go here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It."
Companies: Dow Building Solutions
Gary Parsons Gary Parsons is the Lead Building Scientist in Dow Building Solutions Research and Development. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a licensed residential contractor in the state of Michigan, a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and a member of ASHRAE. www