July 2, 2018

House Wrap Performance is Dependent on a Detailed Inspection

A detailed house wrap inspection before applying the siding, by both the contractor and building owner, is critical to the house wrap’s performance. Improperly installed or
June 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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)
May 7, 2018

How House Wrap Can Play a Role in a Passive House

Passive design minimizes the use of mechanical energy and creates a healthy, comfortable indoor environment. Essential to achieving passive design is a tightly-sealed envelope that is
April 30, 2018

How Small Details Can Affect Air Barrier Performance

The success of a high-performing exterior wall air barrier performance is dependent on proper installation and a whole-building airtightness approach. Proper installation involves following manufacturer guidelines
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
April 16, 2018

The Importance of a Weather-Resistant Barrier

A weather-resistant barrier (WRB) is an important part of today’s energy-efficient and healthy homes and commercial buildings. A modern WRB design shields the walls of a
April 9, 2018

How Long Can House Wrap Be Exposed Before It Is Covered With Siding?

When installing house wrap, it is essential to limit the wrap’s exposure to outside elements like the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, wind, and dirt. However, delays
March 26, 2018

How Builders Can Reduce Costly Callbacks

Of all the things that builders dread the most on a project, the call back has to be among the worst. Getting a call from what
March 19, 2018

How Dealers Can Improve Profits and Lower Builder Costs

Builders want to get their projects off the ground in a timely and cost-effective manner. And dealers hoping to keep their business or attract new business