October 8, 2018
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Consequences of a Building Barrier System Failure

New construction projects can avoid air barrier system failures by hiring qualified professionals, utilizing the whole-building airtightness approach, and choosing high quality and manufacturer recommended products.
September 12, 2018
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A Guide to Choosing the Right House Wrap

High-quality house wrap protects your home from water and air leaks and serves as the last line of defense between the environment and your comfort. Having
September 10, 2018
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The Right Permeability of a WRB is Critical to Balancing Moisture Within a Wall System

Determining the optimum permeability of a building wrap is essential to managing moisture intrusion and accumulation. Moisture typically gets in a wall system during severe weather,
September 3, 2018
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4 Reasons Why Thermo-Brace® Replaces the Need for ZIP System® Sheathing

As code requirements become more demanding and energy costs rise, airtight building envelopes become increasingly important. Truly green construction demands an effective, airtight, moisture-resistant barrier that
August 27, 2018

The Importance of House Wrap & Building Envelope Protection

It is a big number, a very big number – 39 quadrillion British thermal units (BTUs). According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), that’s how much
August 13, 2018
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Understanding Vapor Permeability: Your Questions Answered

Have you heard the term “vapor permeability” and wondered what it meant? Need to know what a perm is? What does this have to do with
June 25, 2018
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The IBC and IRC Requirements for House Wrap

When using a house wrap as a weather-resistant barrier (WRB), it must meet the 2018 International Building Codes (IBC 1402.2) requirements of a WRB for water-resistance
June 18, 2018
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A Better Solution to a Weather-Resistant Barrier than Tyvek® and ZIP System®

Tyvek® HomeWrap®* and the ZIP System® are weather resistant barriers (WRB) applied under the siding of a home or commercial building. The goal of both these
June 11, 2018

How to Choose the Best House Wrap for Fiber Cement Siding

When choosing the best house wrap for fiber cement siding it is essential to consider the wraps durability, water- and air-resistance, and vapor permeability. However, it
June 4, 2018
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A Complete Breakdown of Exterior Wall Sheathing Options

Exterior wall sheathing strengthens the wall system, provides a nailing base for the siding, and gives a layer of protection against outside elements. Exterior wall sheathing
May 28, 2018
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How to Prevent Common House Wrap Problems

The performance of a high-quality, vapor-permeable, house wrap is dependent on proper installation, careful handling, and limited exposure to UV radiation and outside elements. The goal
May 21, 2018
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The Importance of Controlling Air and Moisture Infiltration in Hot and Humid Climates

In hot and humid climates, it is crucial to control air and moisture intrusion into a home or commercial building’s wall system. Uncontrolled moisture intrusion into
May 14, 2018
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7 Key Elements to a Net-Zero Energy Building Envelope

For sustainable homes and buildings1, a net-zero energy (NZE) building envelope is key to reducing energy use and saving money. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
April 23, 2018

Protecting EIFS Homes from Mold and Mildew Lawsuits

In the mid-1990s, architects, contractors, and homeowners became aware of serious mold and mildew problems associated with barrier exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), an exterior
January 15, 2018
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Why House Wrap Can Still Leak

House wrap is an air barrier that creates an airtight structure by stopping air flow through a building’s envelope. A lack of air tightness lowers the
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