Attention post-secondary students!

Ready to take your research to the next level? RDH is thrilled to offer a $2,000 annual scholarship for research projects in the field of building science. What makes us stand out? Our sponsor program pairs you with an experienced RDH'er where you'll gain valuable guidance on your research journey. Apply now before May 31st! Click the link to learn more! Learn More


Have you seen the new Architect Packet from Croft?

They're doing the incredible job of making straw and wood into high performance systems, ready for 21st century, large-scale projects. We're very excited to work with them and are always happy to see the latest development. Check their panel specs per this new doc (available on croft.haus now): - R-Value of 3.8/inch (panels are R-45 or R-60) - Class A Flame and Smoke spread (ASTM E84) - Vapor-Open hygrothermal behavior (Pro…


Transforming The Heritage with Sustainability at the Forefront

We're excited to give you an inside look at the NYSERDA Empire Building Challenge project, The Heritage, a notable three-building, 680,000-square-foot development located on Madison Avenue. Originally constructed in 1974, The Heritage is undergoing a significant retrofit to usher in a sustainable future. 🏢🍃 Thanks to the collaboration with L+M Development Partners LLC and Invesco Ltd., the project is set to achieve an ambitious goal: a 54% reduction in site…


Join us for the NYCxDESIGN Festival!

Join us for the NYCxDESIGN Festival! This year's panel discussion will center on making New York safer for birds. We will examine findings and lessons learned from the initial years of Local Law 15’s implementation, as well as prior and related work, exploring projects that have successfully incorporated bird-safe materials, the legislation’s impacts on local and migratory bird populations, and the development of new bird-friendly building materials. Join Daniel Piselli…



Through-Wall Flashings and Transition Membranes: Selection & Installation

This presentation will cover a detailed explanation of the challenges and solutions facing through-wall flashings and transition membranes, provide a thorough description of the characteristics of several types of membranes, emphasize the importance of compatibility, and explain proper installation techniques.   Learning Objectives: Cover the performance criteria used to specify through-wall flashings and transition membranes. Cover how to design a resilient and durable flashing system that will minimize life cycle…


Top 6 highlights from our 2023 Planet Passionate sustainability report

Climate change is a present reality. From extreme weather events and rising sea levels to environmental degradation, we are all facing unprecedented challenges that threaten the environment, biodiversity and, ultimately, human wellbeing. At the same time, against a complex backdrop of ongoing humanitarian crises, supply chain challenges, and financial constraints, climate action momentum has decelerated. There is a clear and dangerous disconnect between the urgency expressed by the scientific community…


The Schüco AD UP 75 BL (Basic Line) door system stands as a robust and highly flexible foundational component

The Schüco AD UP 75 BL (Basic Line) door system stands as a robust and highly flexible foundational component within the Schüco AD UP system platform. It offers architects, developers, and fabricators a host of advantages, combining high stability and durability with extensive functional and design flexibility. Additionally, the system ensures ease and reliability in both the fabrication and installation processes. Key features include triple-shell profile construction with a 2-15/16"…


Communities Work to Create Lasting Affordability Through Local Development

Since 2000, close to 20 percent of neighborhoods in the U.S. with lower incomes and home values have experienced gentrification. In many of the country’s largest cities, like New York City and Philadelphia, neighborhoods that were once affordable became increasingly unaffordable as development and an influx of new residents sent property values soaring. Read More


This is in light of NYC Local Law 97

  In a recent case study, Hines shares how their interest in decarbonization has led to 555 Greenwich being among one of the first high-performance buildings to achieve a larger goal of reducing building carbon emissions. This is in light of NYC Local Law 97, which requires most large buildings to reduce their greenhouse emissions with the plan to ultimately eliminate them by 2050. As part of the team that…


BIOBUILSD – Combine the desire to have a Healthy House with the necessity of a Passive House.

Embracing Sustainable Living with Prefab Straw Passive Houses in a Snowy March Yesterday on a snowing day in Cluj, we visited two #Biobuilds prefab straw houses under construction that are raising the bar for #sustainability. These innovative homes not only reduce #carbonemissions but also promote healthy living, all while being eco-friendly and designed for optimal energy efficiency.  Read More


Become a Blower Door Technician

Interested in becoming a Level 1 Blower Door Technician? You're in luck - our first training course of the season is May 13-17, 2024 and is the first step on your journey for your certification! Click the link below to register and get started on becoming an ABAA certified blower door technician: Register here