Original article by: BUILDER Online [Featuring Builder Partnerships' Manufacturer Member: DuPont]
While function and aesthetics remain at the forefront of importance for exterior products, manufacturers are increasingly prioritizing weather resistance and environmental performance. With frequent extreme weather events, homeowners require products that will make them feel safe and secure with little to no maintenance required. Manufacturers are also providing environmentally friendly options through solar shingle roofing tiles, low global warming potential insulation, and upcycled rice hull panels suitable for all exterior applications. Pergola options are expanding as homeowners continue to desire outdoor living areas, and decking manufacturers are offering deck-board cladding to provide options for homeowners willing to experiment with the exterior aesthetics of their homes.
DuPont Performance Building Solutions introduced a reduced global warming potential (GWP) and reduced embodied carbon formulation of Styrofoam Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Rigid Foam Insulation. The grey XPS foam’s closed-cell structure gives the product strong thermal performance and moisture resistance and enables it to retain a high, long-term R-value of R-5 per inch even after exposure to standing water and other damp conditions. The product is durable and easy to install, making it ideal for use with slab foundations and interior or exterior below-grade walls. dupont.com