MIDLAND, MICH. (Oct. 6, 2:45 p.m. ET) — Dow Chemical Co.'s building solutions unit has built two R&D facilities at its North American headquarters in Midland for testing insulation and wall systems.
The R&D wall assembly research center and spray foam application technology research facility have been built to test and evaluate insulation, air sealing and weatherization systems in a controlled lab environment.
This will allow Dow to provide customers with real-world data of how the products will work together, and perform and function in the field, the company said in an Oct. 4 announcement.
The wall assembly research center is a 1,600-square-foot lab that has over 30 interchangeable wall sections that enables Dow to test various residential and commercial wall systems including rigid and spray insulations, exterior cladding, and various framing techniques.
The second research test facility is a 2000-square-foot spray booth and lab that enables researchers to evaluate the application of new spray foam chemistries and methods. The facility will help researchers better understand how spray products work in both small and large-scale applications while using a variety of application equipment, according to the news release.
“Having these research facilities onsite allows us to test how various building systems interact and perform so we can provide critical real world data to our customers and arm them with the information they need to optimize building envelope performance while minimizing costs,” said Gary Parsons of Dow Building Solutions.
He added that this data will help builders, contractors and architects to balance energy efficiency, cost savings, exterior durability and indoor comfort in an affordable way.