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November 2022

The Role of Rainscreens

It’s inevitable: moisture will eventually find its way behind the wall cladding. And left unchecked, moisture in a wall cavity can lead to a range of costly consequences – from rotting wood to mildew and mold. Fortunately, modern building science has developed an effective preventive solution: the rainscreen.

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September 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act: What It Means for Builders

On August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law. The new bill is the largest in U.S. history focused on combating climate change. More than $300 billion will be invested in energy and climate reform through energy tax incentives, investments in clean energy production, and tax credits aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

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September 2022

Performance Building Certifications

High-performance buildings go beyond code, focusing on a building-science-based systems approach to improve energy efficiency. According to the National Institute of Building Sciences™, building science is defined as a field of knowledge that draws upon physics, chemistry, engineering, architecture, and the life sciences. Understanding the physical behavior of the building as a system and how this impacts energy efficiency, durability, comfort, and indoor air quality is essential to innovating high-performance buildings. 

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September 2022

Blower Door Testing and the Inflation Reduction Act

Blower door tests have always been used to help gauge a building’s energy efficiency. But with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, these tests are poised to play a more prominent role than ever. That’s because blower door tests will be used to help determine if new and existing single- and multi-family homes qualify for the IRA’s energy efficiency tax credits for homeowners, builders, and building owners.

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August 2022

Lasting Water Tightness with Self-Sealing Membranes

The need for mechanical fasteners to penetrate air barrier membranes is inevitable. Fastener penetrations should be addressed as early in the design stage as possible as well as being noted in the construction documents. Prior to construction commencing, all contractors involved in the building envelope will need to acknowledge the treatment of these fastener penetrations.

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August 2022

Total Weather Protection with a 15-Year Warranty

Moisture intrusion can be a costly problem to solve. Destructive sampling is generally the only way to get to the root of the problem. Your first line of defense against claims is to use products with a proven track record of performance. Your second line of defense is to make sure the company you choose stands behind their products with a solid warranty.

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