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Top 4 Reasons for Using ICFs for Exterior Wall Construction

Like many of you, my entire career has been in the construction industry. So when I was first introduced to Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) about 15 years ago, I wasn’t sure what to think about this sudden alternative to wood- and steel-frame construction. I am thankful that I took the leap and never looked back!

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Improving Building Envelope Connectivity with Preconstruction Meetings

As research and testing has expanded in recent years, so too has the awareness around the importance of connectivity ...
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Tear Propagation of Silicone Sheets: The Importance of Knotty Tear

All precured silicone sheets are not the same. Despite similar appearances and chemistries, there are considerable ...
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'Nominal' vs. 'Effective' R-Values

The thermal efficiency of a material is commonly measured by its R-value. Values are evaluated for materials and ...
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Adhesion and Compatibility: How Both Affect Critical Connections

When choosing the appropriate sealant for any building application, it’s important to understand the compatibility and ...
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How to Manage Efflorescence on EIFS

Efflorescence is a common phenomenon seen on the exterior of buildings, evidenced by discoloration or white streaks. It ...

An Architect's Guide to Parapet-to-Wall Detailing

The coping at the parapet-to-wall interface condition is one of the most difficult transitions to detail for design ...
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How Foam Expansion Joints Protect Occupants from Building Fires

All wall and floor assemblies have penetrations for electrical, plumbing, HVACs, communications, and construction ...
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Testing Nail Sealability: Poking Holes in your Air Barrier

Air barrier membranes are punctured thousands of times when anchoring facades like stucco, metal panels, stone panels ...

Advancements in EIFS- What You Should Know

Continuing changes in building and energy codes toward the goals of sustainability, higher-performance and reduced ...