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Impermeable vs. Permeable Air Barriers: Main Differences

The design of a high-quality air barrier with proper water, air and vapor tightness should effectively separate indoor (conditioned) and outdoor (unconditioned) air. Air barriers contribute toward healthy, durable and energy-efficient building envelopes by preventing air leakage and heat transfer. The long-term success of a building project depends significantly on choosing the right air barrier and adequate installation for the project.

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Mastering Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

Mastering Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on average, 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is ...
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Building Beyond-Code

The need to go above and beyond the minimum standards has become apparent in the devastation left by severe weather. ...
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The Ultimate Building Enclosure Commissioning Guide: Part Two

In part one of this two-part series, we outlined how Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) is utilized to document ...

3 Reasons to Strengthen Your Relationship with Material Manufacturers

The success of any construction project relies on the collaborative efforts of the involved organizations, including ...

The Ultimate Building Enclosure Commissioning Guide: Part One

The building enclosure commissioning process (BECx) is often misunderstood and the scope of services can vary ...
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Understanding Building Envelope Testing

Wall assembly testing may seem like a daunting task for architects and contractors alike, but large test chambers, also ...
NFPA 285 Fire Test

NFPA 285: 4 Frequently Asked Questions

While nothing can predict a structure’s response to the elements or natural disasters with 100% accuracy, laboratory ...

The Benefits of Building Material Simulations using FEA

How can 3D modeling in the virtual world help the design and construction of actual buildings? As technology has ...
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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 ...