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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 the adhesive properties of the product in combination with the desired substrate and surrounding technologies, such as the waterproofing or air barrier.

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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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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 ...
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Understanding Wall Performance with the WUFI Model

To simulate the performance of a wall system under real-world conditions, design professionals and engineers often ...

Top 5 Myths about ICF Construction

A growing number of construction industry professionals recognize Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) as an affordable, ...
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Air Barrier Testing Part 2: Adapting to Measure Assemblies

In part 2 of this air barrier testing blog series, we will review existing test methods for individual air barrier ...
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Air Barrier Testing Part 1: The Basics

Buildings leak. But what if they didn’t have to? For air barriers, a building material notoriously susceptible to ...
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5 Ways to Ensure a Watertight Roof-to-Wall Connection

One of the most challenging joint connections on the building enclosure is the roof to wall.  In fact, callbacks ...
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Testing Buildings to Withstand Seismic Conditions

Designing structures to withstand extreme movement, even the intense effects of seismic events, can be a challenge. The ...
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Mock-Ups: Construction's Crash Test Dummies

The automotive industry found a way to ensure safety performance from all manufacturers to car owners through testing ...