Doors are the passageway to our homes. In addition to welcoming friends and family, doors also serve as barriers to the outside environment. As such, a door should provide a family with security, durability, energy-efficiency, as well as noise abatement.

Today there are a variety of durable and efficient plastic solutions for doors that are easy to maintain and can provide greater R-values than many other materials. Despite their light-weight properties, plastic doors are extremely durable. In fact, the growing use of plastic door products has validated their strength, energy-efficiency and acoustic value.

Entry doors with a foam plastic core can inhibit sound and add insulation value that can help lower heating and cooling energy needs. Sealant foams also can be used to caulk around windows, doors and sill plates to seal against unwanted air infiltration.

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Chemistry in Building and Construction

What makes your home so comfy and cozy? Well, it’s a science! Chemistry contributes to many products that are used to keep homes durable, energy efficient and comfortable, from everything to home flooring to insulation.

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Vinyl Net Zero Solar Decathlon Missouri SciTech CHAMELEON House

What is a green building? Host/Student Kyle Eby steps us through energy efficiency, sustainability, and Life Cycle Assessment attributes of the design and execution of this innovative home concept built for the Midwest....

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Video on Plastics, Insulation, and Home Energy Efficiency | Approaching Net Zero Energy Homes

Jack Armstrong, of BASFs Global Building Materials, shows how energy efficiency can be enhanced by smart uses of the many varieties of plastic insulations, sealants, stabilization foams, window glazing, frame cladding and much...

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