In the United States, 82.5 percent of the population is urban—a number translating to more than 268 million people in 2016. (This number was obtained from the United Nations [UN] Populations Division’s World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision.)
Whether at work or home, indoor acoustic comfort requires freedom from unwanted sound. Exposure to elevated noise levels may disrupt sleep and interfere with activities requiring concentration. Left uncontrolled, long-term exposure to noise levels not otherwise considered hazardous can lead to stress.
Exterior insulation and finish systems provide a number of features and benefits when compared to other claddings. Offering an air barrier, continuous insulation, and a decorative finish in one seamless assembly, EIFS is both versatile and lightweight.
In early iterations of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), issues occurred when board stock rigid insulation was layered against other rigid insulation or exterior sheathing, or when decking traps moisture between the layers of material.