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A look at continuous insulation, past and present

Integrated continuous insulation (ci) wall systems can eliminate construction steps,
increase assembly speed,
decrease construction costs, and reduce the number of materials needed. Photos courtesy Dow Building Solutions

Increasing emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency has had a huge impact on the construction industry. Materials manufacturers scrambled to develop products that would allow builders to meet and exceed the new codes. At the same time, they harnessed that momentum and used it to create innovative solutions. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” was never more true than the situation in which the industry found itself during the mid-2000s, trying to figure out how to attach cladding to continuous insulation without using metal Z-grids. This need fueled studies to understand how to properly attach claddings through continuous insulation.

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Navigating energy code compliance for roofing


The roof assembly is an important aspect in achieving energy code compliance because it often accounts for a large portion of the building envelope. It becomes even more critical in single-story non-residential projects such as manufacturing plants, warehouses, distribution centers, retail stores, and offices.

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Integrated wall retrofits: Solutions for existing masonry construction for commercial buildings

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Sixty percent of U.S. commercial buildings were constructed before 1980. Retrofitting them for energy efficiency is essential to achieve the Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office’s (BTO) goal of halving building energy use by 2030. Most existing buildings have masonry construction with uninsulated wall assemblies, which offer good potential for wall improvement strategies.

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Choosing fiberglass or stone wool for fire and acoustics

This blown-in-blanket fiberglass system was specifically designed for closed cavity applications. It fills all voids and gaps, significantly reducing unwanted noise.
Photos courtesy CertainTeed

Both fiberglass and stone wool insulation have merit, promote fire protection and sustainability, and offer value to architects, contractors, and property owners alike. This article’s intent is to present a scientific examination of the benefits of using each, in particular with respect to meeting fire and acoustic requirements and codes.

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