Ancient construction relied exclusively on natural materials such as clay, wood, and stone. The industrial revolution introduced steel, which transformed the architectural world. Our era of rapid technological development is driving massive innovations in building materials and systems.
According to the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), there are seven different categories of air barrier assemblies. Each offers advantages depending on a number of factors, including geography, labor considerations, and even the height of the structure.
by Chris Hines
Stone has long been admired as a building material that not only looks beautiful, but also withstands the test of time. From the Great Pyramids and parts of the Colosseum to some of the oldest homes in America, many stone structures still stand after centuries.
In 2015, The United States experienced 113,500 nonresidential structure fires (the latest year for which data on this are available), resulting in 80 civilian deaths and $3.1 billion in property damage.
Both conductive heat transfer and air leakage through the building enclosure have been identified as obstacles to truly energy efficient buildings. This article delves into the necessity for proper detailing of both continuous insulation and fluid-applied air barriers.