• May

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      2018
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    Protecting EIFS Homes from Mold and Mildew Lawsuits

    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 wall facing. This knowledge pushed EIFS manufacturers to incorporate permeability into the design of EIFS. The first use of EIFS in the United States was in 1969. There were several

    • April

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      2018
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    The Importance of a Weather Resistant Barrier

    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 structure from water and air infiltration, along with moisture accumulation within the wall systems.   The need for WRB emerged during the end of the late 20th century

    • April

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      2018
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    How Small Details Can Affect Air Barrier Performance

    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 and attention to small details that prevent gaps and cracks in the air barrier. The whole-building airtightness approach takes into account the correct integration of the air barrier with

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