Tag: building envelope

A Builder’s First Time Using Peel and Stick House Wrap

When maintaining long-term building integrity, airtightness is an important feature to keep in mind. Airtightness simply means that there are no unintended gaps in the building envelope—gaps that would otherwise cause air leakage in or out of the building. It is an essential performance parameter in helping ensure energy efficiency. How airtightness is achieved comes […]

Why You Should Use Air and Moisture Barrier with Foam Sheathing

  There are a number of reasons why you need an air and moisture barrier over foam sheathing. Airtight exterior wall systems are critical to maximizing energy efficiency and gaining LEED points. However, certain characteristics of foam sheathing conspire to compromise airtight construction. The solution? Use foam sheathing together with a high-performing, moisture-resistive air barrier. As building […]

Building Envelope Code Changes and Builders

Because international building codes are regularly updated, it is always important to look at the recent changes to the International Residential Code and what it means to builders. Not surprisingly, the 2012 update of the International Residential Code (IRC) includes more demanding energy performance standards than the 2009 update. Also, it simply references many of […]

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