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ThermalBuck to Exhibit at Better Buildings by Design

January 18, 2018

When we think of leaders in energy-efficiency and sustainability, we think of Vermont. It’s no surprise Vermont ranks among the top 5 states in the nation for the advancement and support of energy efficiency, and has long maintained a pioneering role among the states in this arena. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) credits Vermont’s three energy efficiency utility companies as the driving force for Vermont’s ranking: Vermont Gas Systems, Burlington Electric, and Efficiency… Read more

ThermalBuck Innovator Named “HIVE 50 Honoree” by Builder Magazine

January 5, 2018

John Brooks, president of BRINC Building Products, Inc., was recognized by Builder Magazine as a HIVE 50 honoree in the category of Building Technology for his development of ThermalBuck. ThermalBuck, a high-performance window buck, is a simple solution for the challenges of mounting nail flange windows with exterior insulation. It’s unique L-shaped design goes inside the rough openings for windows and doors, and extends outward to create a flush plane with exterior insulation and/or rainscreens.… Read more


Hands-On Building Science with Matt Risinger & ThermalBuck

November 22, 2017

December 4, 2017 – Risinger & Co. Headquarters – Austin, TX Don’t Miss this Event! Risinger & Co. will present “Hands-On Building Science with ThermalBuck,” to the Austin green building community. You’ll see how easy it is to integrate ThermalBuck into a high-performance wall, to simplify the installation of windows with exterior insulation. Join your fellow architects, builders, energy consultants and more for this informative Lunch & Learn – just RSVP to save your space… Read more

ThermalBuck Recognized as Energy-Efficient Technology by Window & Door Magazine

November 20, 2017

ThermalBuck is proud to announce our inclusion in the Oct/Nov 2017 issue of Window & Door Magazine as part of the feature, “Energy Efficient Technology Showcase,” a collection of energy-efficient products for window and door dealers, as well as components for manufacturers. ThermalBuck is a high-performance window buck that extends and insulates the mounting point for windows & doors to create a flush plane for cladding. Window & Door Magazine first introduced ThermalBuck in it’s “Manufacturing Issue” back in March/April… Read more

Net Zero Energy Retrofit in Vermont - Ready for Roxul

Perfecting an Energy-Efficient Haven in Vermont

October 24, 2017

It’s a pleasure to work with architects to solve the challenges of retrofitting existing structures. When they specify ThermalBuck for their own personal projects, it becomes a real privilege. Alan Benoit, Principal Architect, Sustainable Design of Vermont, chose ThermalBuck to mount his energy efficient windows for his net-zero energy office space, and we jumped at the chance to work with him personally on the installation.   A Passion for Sustainability Alan & Nancy Benoit are an incredibly… Read more

ThermalBuck to Exhibit at Greenbuild 2017 – Join Us!

October 10, 2017

The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo is a powerhouse event in the building community, bringing together a diverse community of professionals from all over the world to learn about sustainable building practices, and the latest technologies for the built environment. BRINC Building Products is proud to announce that we will be exhibiting ThermalBuck this year, joining hundreds of building material manufacturers committed to the rapid expansion of the green building community.   Together in Boston… Read more

New ThermalBuck Sizes Available – Up to 4″

September 12, 2017

NEW BETHLEHEM, P.A. — (September 2017) — BRINC Building Products, Inc. has recently expanded it’s ThermalBuck product offerings to include additional sizes up to 4.0″, to meet the needs of architects and builders constructing walls with greater depths of continuous insulation. With the rapid adoption of advanced energy codes across the U.S., and the increasing demand by consumers for energy-efficient homes, the market for exterior insulation and higher R-value wall assemblies is growing exponentially.   … Read more

Map of six regional energy efficiency organizations REEOS

Advancing the Energy Codes

August 24, 2017

You may have heard of NEEA, or you might be more familiar with NEEP. Different names, but they both share the same vision as part of a larger network, the Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations (REEOS). These organizations are all working together to advance energy-efficient initiatives in across the U.S. With the growing importance (and complexity) of energy codes, the work of these groups is becoming more impactful every year.   Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations (REEOS) The six REEOS provide… Read more

Building Energy-Efficient Bridges in Pittsburgh

July 25, 2017

As one terribly clever energy professional pointed out – a city with 446 bridges couldn’t possibly be intimidated by hundreds of pages of building codes. “Bridges to the Future” was the theme of the 2017 National Energy Code Conference, which took place July 18th – 20th in Pittsburgh, PA.  The third city to become part of the 2030 District, and commonly known as “The City of Bridges,” Pittsburgh proved a fitting venue in which to focus… Read more

ThermalBuck Performs at the 2017 PCBC

June 30, 2017

The biggest builder’s show on the west coast lived up to the hype – we had an amazing experience in San Diego at the 2017 PCBC. ThermalBuck was fortunate to head into the show a Parade of Products award winner (featured in the May 2017 issue of Professional Builder Magazine) and a presenter in the High-Performance Home Theater. But the real excitement started when we hit the tradeshow floor. High Performance Wall & Attic Display ThermalBuck was a featured product in… Read more

ThermalBuck to Present at 2017 PCBC High Performance Home Theater

May 26, 2017

  The largest homebuilding trade show on the West coast, the PCBC, will be held June 28th-29th in San Diego, California. Originally known as the “Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference“, this event has grown since 1959 to attract over 10,000 attendees from all over the world.   High Performance Home Theater One of the unique features of the PCBC is the High Performance Home Theater. Held right on the exhibit floor, it focuses on educating attendees about multiple compliance methods for changing energy… Read more

Professional Builder Names ThermalBuck “Best of 2017 PCBC: Parade of Products”

May 10, 2017

ThermalBuck is proud to announce our selection as one of the “Best of PCBC: 2017 Parade of Products” by Professional Builder Magazine. Each year, exhibitors for the PCBC are invited to submit new products to a distinguished panel of judges for consideration as one of the 15 winners of the Parade of Products. Awards are based on innovation, practical application, and design. Panel members represent a variety of backgrounds in homebuilding: engineers, designers, architects, and product curators.   ThermalBuck, the high-performance… Read more

“One of the Coolest New Products” at JLC LIVE

April 20, 2017

The Journal of Light Construction Senior Editor Roe Osborn stopped by the ThermalBuck booth at the JLC LIVE show in Providence on day two, and the first thing he said was “I couldn’t even get near you guys yesterday!” Needless to say, we liked him right away. The editorial team of JLC is passionate about sharing the latest in building material technology and installation techniques, and there is no better show in the Northeast to witness the latest… Read more

ThermalBuck Installation Demos @JLC LIVE 2017 – Get Your Free Pass & Join Us!

March 16, 2017

ThermalBuck is headed to JLC Live 2017 on March 24th & 25th at the Rhode Island Convention Center, in downtown Providence. And we’d like you to be there too!   JLC Live New England is widely known as the best hands-on construction show in the business. Focused on live product demonstrations and popular building clinics, this show stands out as a great training arena for builders who want to fine-tune their building science knowledge and installation… Read more

ThermalBuck Named “One to Watch” in LBM Journal

March 2, 2017

ThermalBuck is in great company with several leading manufacturers as one of the top “PRODUCT PICKS” in the February 2017 print and digital editions of the LBM Journal. Out of the hundreds of new building material products introduced to the market each month, the LBM Journal reviews and selects their top choices for readers, noted as “Ones to Watch” in their popular “PRODUCT PICKS” feature.This recent edition also included Vinyl Single-Slide Windows from MI Windows & Doors, FlatWrap UV Housewrap from Benjamin… Read more

Planning is Key to Net Zero Deep Energy Retrofit

February 10, 2017

You’d have to live under a rock (completely sustainable housing) if you didn’t realize that climate change, and rapidly increasing energy prices are a hot topic in today’s world. But why is the focus on the building industry? Buildings consume nearly half of all the energy produced in the United States. Globally, the percentages are even higher. Which explains why much of Europe is paving the way in both commercial and residential energy-efficient building. WATCH:  Net Zero Deep… Read more

ThermalBuck Featured as High-Performance Wall Solution at Net Zero Event

February 6, 2017

The California Energy Commission (CEC) presents “Countdown to 2020”, a members-only event for the North State Building Industry Association (NorthState BIA) in Sacramento, CA on February 9th, 2017. Designed to highlight the upcoming 2020 energy code requirements for Net Zero in new residential construction, this event will explain the specific requirements for High-Performance Attics & High-Performance Walls, and review a number of prescriptive solutions to meet the requirements. ThermalBuck has been featured at a number of events presented… Read more

Continuous Insulation – Making the Right Choice

January 11, 2017

If you’ve made the decision to include continuous insulation on your building, it’s time to pat yourself on the back. The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has required continuous insulation since 2012. When the building envelope is insulated on the outside, it not only improves the energy efficiency, it also helps to reduce the possibility of moisture damage through thermal bridging. WATCH:  ThermalBuck installation using polyiso CI   Which type of continuous insulation should you choose?… Read more

Austin builder Matt Risinger features ThermalBuck on an episode or Risinger Goes Rogue

ThermalBuck Goes Rogue with Austin Builder Matt Risinger

November 2, 2016

Texas has always been famous for cowboys, gunslingers, and rodeos (not to mention the best steaks and BBQ you’ll find anywhere). But you may not have realized that it’s also the home to one of the fastest growing construction industries in the U.S. Led by multi-family housing starts, construction growth is fueled by an increasing population, a healthy housing market, and a strong environment for investment. Drive anywhere across this beautiful state and you’ll witness construction cranes, and rapid building… Read more

BRINC BP Announces ICC-ES Approval for ThermalBuck

October 13, 2016

BRINC Building Products, Inc. is proud to announce the publication of the International Code Council Evaluation Services, LLC (ICC-ES) Evaluation Report ESR-3753 for ThermalBuck, Division: 07 00 00 – THERMAL and MOISTURE PROTECTION, Section: 07 21 00 – Thermal Insulation. The properties evaluated by the ICC-ES are as follows: Thermal Resistance (R-value) Surface-Burning Characteristics Physical Properties The completed evaluation report for BRINC BP confirms that ThermalBuck complies with the thermal insulation requirements of the following codes: 2015, 2012… Read more

ThermalBuck to Exhibit at EEBA in Dallas, Sept. 27th-29th

September 23, 2016

ThermalBuck will be exhibiting at the 2016 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) Conference & Expo to be held in Dallas, TX, on September 27th – 29th.     “Sustainable Building” may seem like a recent concept, but for over 30 years, EEBA has been a well-respected platform for collaboration and education across multiple fields in sustainable building.  EEBA members are committed to being “good stewards of the resources used in the construction of residential and light commercial buildings.”… Read more

ALPEN High-Performance 725 series fiberglass window installation with ThermalBuck™

ALPEN Window Installation at NAPHC2016 to Feature ThermalBuck

September 22, 2016

Alpen High-Performance Products will feature a window installation with ThermalBuck at the 11th Annual North American Passive House Conference Sept 21-25th in Philadelphia, PA. Known for manufacturing super-insulating, thermally efficient residential and commercial fiberglass windows & doors (as well as architectural glass), this Colorado-based window manufacturer has over 30 years of experience in glazing technology, and an excellent reputation for craftsmanship and performance. In 2013, Alpen HPP was the very first manufacturer to receive certification under… Read more

Building Codes – Get Into the Zone

September 9, 2016

Building codes provide the minimum requirements for what all builders have to do (in order to follow the law, that is) when constructing and maintaining buildings. The variances between building codes in different states or even different regions within states has everything to do with one main consideration – the climate. Climate has a significant impact on building codes, energy codes in particular. What makes perfect sense for good moisture management in one climate varies wildly from that of… Read more

Code is Not a Four-Letter Word…

August 26, 2016

One thing you realize pretty quickly while researching building codes, is that there is a lot more information out there, than there is time to read it. ICC – International Code Council The starting point for all building code information is the ICC, International Code Council, whose mission is: to provide the highest quality codes, standards, products and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment.  The ICC develops the most comprehensive guide to building safety… Read more

ThermalBuck Outperforms Wood Bucks 2:1 – Thermal Transfer Testing

June 23, 2016

Improving the energy-efficiency of new and existing construction has long been a focus of building science. When it comes to insulation, exterior rigid foam is the choice of many builders, because it stops the thermal bridge through the studs. As effective as rigid foam is as a continuous insulation solution, it presents its own unique challenges with installing windows and flashing the rough openings. Until ThermalBuck launched in 2015, there really wasn’t a good way to insulate and create… Read more

Installation Challenge: ThermalBuck vs. Wood Buck

May 27, 2016

    There is no question that ThermalBuck outperforms a wood window buck, insulating the mounting points of windows & doors, and acting as a flashing agent. But what’s it going to cost?  We figured no one would believe that using ThermalBuck would actually save time and money on the installation of the window, AND save in long-term energy consumption. We decided to prove it. The wood buck window installation on the left took a… Read more

Strength Challenge: ThermalBuck vs. 5,500 lb. Ram Truck

May 12, 2016

  When we say ThermalBuck is incredibly strong, we mean it. With a compressive strength of 52 psi, we know it can withstand hurricane force winds with minimal permanent compression. Just for fun, we were curious how it would stand up to John’s new Ram Truck. At over 5,500 lbs (plus John, of course) we wanted to see what would happen when we drove it up onto a piece of ThermalBuck. To create a simulated… Read more

Two Premier Building Publications Take Notice of ThermalBuck

April 25, 2016

It’s a great day when the largest residential construction magazine finds your product, and writes about it. ThermalBuck had that good fortune on April 1st when Scott Gibson, former editor at Fine Homebuilding, wrote “An Alternative to Wood Bucks“, which was also featured as “Green Building News” at greenbuildingadvisor.com on April 4th. Scott covered the basics of using bucks, and compared the benefits and features of ThermalBuck with the drawbacks of using wood, which had really been the only material… Read more

AIA Annual Convention in Philadelphia

ThermalBuck to Exhibit at the Architecture and Design Event of The Year

April 7, 2016

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is hosting their annual convention in the historic city of Philadelphia, May 19th -21st. Billed as the architecture and design event of the year, attendees from all over the world will gather to attend workshops, seminars and events, and collaborate with experienced and emerging professionals in their field. Some of the unusual and highly coveted experiences such as the tour of “Historic Boathouse Row” sold out early. But plenty of great workshops… Read more

Window&Door March:April 2016.cover of issue featuring ThermalBuck

Window & Door Magazine Introduces ThermalBuck to the Fenestration Industry

April 1, 2016

ThermalBuck is proud to be introduced as a new product to the fenestration industry in “The Manufacturing Issue” of Window & Door Magazine, March/April 2016.  Other products of note from companies such as Crystal Pacific Window & Door Systems, Therma-Tru, Solar Innovations, and Weather Shield Windows & Doors were also introduced to the market. Of the 11 issues of W&D published annually, this particular issue has quickly become known as one of the “trademark” issues. A newer addition… Read more

“Making Connections” in the Building Envelope Community

March 25, 2016

When you fill one resort with 1,500 leading professionals in the Building Envelope Consultant industry, the air is full of energy with the constant spark of new ideas and collaboration.  The 31st annual Roofing Consultants International Convention & Trade Show (RCI, Inc) was a record year for RCI, hitting all-time high numbers for both attendees and exhibitors. Maybe it was the beautiful weather, the gorgeous location, or the amount of innovation in the industry, but the buzz from all of that energy… Read more

PHRC conference March 2016 John at booth explaining ThermalBuck benefits and features to attendees and presenters

Building Science Tradition Carries On in Happy Valley

March 10, 2016

The welcoming staff of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) organized an excellent line up of presenters and exhibitors for the 24th Annual Housing and Land Development Conference, held on March 2-3, 2016 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA as part of the 2016 Industry Education Week. ThermalBuck™ was proud to be one of the sponsors of Housing Day, and enjoyed the chance to catch a few of the outstanding presentations throughout the… Read more

RCI 31st International Convention and Trade Show March 10-15th in Orlando, FL

RCI 31st International Convention & Trade Show March 10-15th

February 29, 2016

Roofing Consultants International, Inc. will host their 31st Annual International Convention & Trade Show on March 10th through the 15th in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Building Envelope Consultants from around the world will meet at this best-in-class educational event, and share in an excellent line-up of presenters and educational sessions devoted to excellence in the field.  A record number of exhibitors will display the latest in products and technology, and ThermalBuck™ will join… Read more

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center Conference - Housing Track

PHRC 24th Annual PA Housing & Land Development Conference March 2nd-3rd, 2016

February 28, 2016

  The Pennsylvania Housing and Research Center presents the 24th Annual Housing and Land Development Conference will be held on March 2-3, 2016 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA as part of the 2016 Industry Education Week. Builders, remodelers, code officials, design professionals and home performance contractors will gather to expand their knowledge with the latest updates in the residential construction industry.  Topics include: Insulation in High Performance Housing, Emerging HVAC Technologies,… Read more

Performance -Thermal Image wood buck vs. ThermalBuck

Thermal Bridging – The Power of ThermalBuck

February 26, 2016

A picture says a thousand words. We’ve all heard that one before – but it’s easy to see what it’s saying as we put ThermalBuck High-Performance ROESE to the test against a traditional wood window buck. Thermal bridging is one of the biggest heat-loss issues every structure faces.  Wall assemblies can be packed inside and out with insulation, but one of the most challenging areas to prevent thermal bridging is where the wall assembly interfaces with… Read more

Greenbuild 2015 Expo close up of ThermalBuck wall section detail

ThermalBuck named “Greenest of the Green at Greenbuild”

January 5, 2016

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo is the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building.  This premier industry event brings together professionals from all aspects of the building community to learn about the newest ground-breaking green building products, services and technologies. 2015’s event was held November 16th through the 20th in Washington D.C., hometown of the USGBC headquarters.   The expo floor was packed with hundreds of new products focused on improving the energy efficiency and environmental impact in the green… Read more