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January 5, 2018

2017 Year in Review

While 2017 was a miserable year for many obvious reasons, we were fortified by the growth of high performance construction projects and awareness. From significant policy achievements in places like New York City, Toronto, Vancouver and the United Nations, to the sheer number of Passive House projects getting built and being planned – there is growing […]

Building Community, Materials & Assemblies

Reason Foam Fails #8 – Hypersensitive On-Site Manufacturing

January 5, 2018

The construction industry has been making more and more building parts in the factory – through panelization, modular construction, and complex component fabrication. Factories are great at providing predictable environments that optimize construction quality while protecting workers.  It’s just smart. So we see this trend growing. And when chemical compounds are manufactured, the manufacturing environment is […]

Thinking Globally

What’s 475 About – Reflections for a New Year (2018)

January 1, 2018

This article was first posted January 1, 2017.  With each New Year we’ll revisit and update/edit as we see appropriate – keeping our sense of mission and values front and center. When people ask what do we do, one abbreviated response is: “We sell tape.” Though “we sell tape” describes a simple act, it is […]

Materials & Assemblies, User Guides & Best Practices

475 Tape Performance Lab: Tapes, Primers and Pressurization

December 22, 2017

Welcome back to the 475 Tape Performance Lab (aka our Brooklyn HQ presentation room). Check out last month’s experiment: Underwater Tape Test. We ask a lot of our tape. It air seals the junctions between the components in our high performance assemblies, helps ensures safety from mold, and lasts forever. A good tape not only sticks, adheres, and makes the building airtight for […]

Building Community, Thinking Globally

Why Smart Cities Need Passive House Buildings

December 12, 2017

Passive House is the best building standard to bring the physical infrastructure of the smart city up to the level of the digital infrastructure. Thanks to Sidewalk Labs’ announcement of their massive waterfront project in Toronto and Bill Gate’s $80 million purchase in Arizona, news about smart city development has been popping up more frequently than ever. Most articles talk about […]