Tag Archives: air barrier

If it’s too hot…

When specifying and installing air and moisture/vapor barriers, consideration is often given to cold-weather limitations of those materials to better ensure proper application and long-term performance.

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Using Vapor Retarders to Manage Airflow and Reduce Moisture

Industry codes are tightening the building envelope and increasing the required R-value of walls. This is a good thing for energy savings and thermal comfort. Yet, one change to a building’s system sets forth a series of other changes. The tight-envelope construction techniques to which architects and builders are now required to adhere have led to a steep reduction in air movement through walls.

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Draining the Rain: Advancements in engineered rainscreen walls

Over the years, there has been a tremendous amount of innovation in the building industry—still, the ability to achieve a waterproof wall system still eludes design/construction professionals. If the wall is not properly designed, this moisture will remain trapped causing numerous issues, such as the corrosion of structural reinforcing, and the proliferation of rot and mold.

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