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  • October 29, 2019

    Ceilings have become crucial elements in the design and acoustics of many commercial spaces. If you haven’t looked up lately, you may want to take a gander. The unrelenting, albeit functional, grids of two-by-two acoustical panels that have comprised many commercial ceilings are being replaced with open plenums, colorful baffles, ceiling clouds in varying shapes and sizes, and perforated wood and metal panels, among other interesting, aesthetically pleasing materials.

  • October 29, 2019

    While open plenum spaces have gained popularity, they’re not a panacea, nor can they be used everywhere. For instance, they can’t be used in many healthcare settings, Barnes says, noting that open ceilings “would have lots of places for dust and microbes to hide.”

    Acoustics is another concern. In a traditional closed ceiling, the acoustical ceiling panel typically does a decent job of absorbing sound. With an open plenum, that acoustical line of defense is lost.

  • October 9, 2019

    We recently hosted our live webinar, “Insulation Systems as a Design Element,” where we received a variety of excellent questions. Below, you’ll find the answers to the top 10 questions from the webinar (plus an honorable mention). Many of the answers have links to resources where you can find additional information on the question topic. 

  • July 24, 2019

    As we continue to see a cultural shift toward supporting and implementing sustainability, recycling and sustainable manufacturing processes are becoming substantially more prominent. When it comes to materials like fiberglass insulation, it’s a one-two punch as this is a material that can substantially improve a building’s energy efficiency, and it is made from glass, a rapidly renewable and readily recyclable material.

  • July 24, 2019

    In Georgia, for instance, Pratt Industries stopped accepting glass from DeKalb County’s curbside recycling program when it opened a new plant in September 2015. The company said it considered glass a contaminant in the stream, because the material damaged its equipment. The company later said it was developing a network of locations where consumers could drop off glass for recycling.

  • July 24, 2019

    The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has announced the results of a recent survey of its members' use of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials in insulation and acoustical products in 2017.  The survey includes data from both U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities.

  • July 24, 2019

    Third-party certification is widely recognized as playing an integral role in helping companies demonstrate their environmental, sustainability, and safety achievements to their customers and stakeholders.  As a certification body, the question we are most frequently asked is what qualifies us to do this work.

  • May 1, 2019

    Johns Manville recently supported the National Insulation Association (NIA) in developing their new Thermal Insulation Inspection Certification Program. This is a robust program designed to help fill a growing need in the insulation industry. We recently sat down with Ron King, one of the principle developers of NIA’s new program, for an interview to learn a little bit more about the Thermal Insulation Inspection Certification Program, who it’s for, and how it can help.

  • May 1, 2019

    Cities and countries around the world are adopting building energy codes as tools to reduce energy consumption. Mexico City recently joined this wave, when, in June, the city updated its building regulations to include energy efficiency for the first time.

  • May 1, 2019

    The US economy is amid one of the longest expansions on record, with June marking 108 months of sustained economic growth. The June employment report recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed a 4.0% unemployment rate, which is up slightly from 3.8% in May. However, this is down remarkably from nine years earlier at the outset of the current recovery in June 2009, when unemployment rose to 9.5%. Employers have added to payrolls for 93 consecutive months, extending the longest employment expansion on record.