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Four Key Reasons for Building with a Vented Rainscreen

Four Key Reasons for Building with a Vented Rainscreen

Four Key Reasons for Building with a Vented Rainscreen When looking for the essential nature of construction, the architect Louis Kahn famously said: 'What do you want, brick?' Today, in looking at the nature of high-performance building enclosures, we re-imagine the conversation: You say to the building’s exterior, 'What do you wan … read more

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Adhesive Bonds and Failures: What's Going On?

Adhesive Bonds and Failures: What's Going On?

Adhesive Bonds and Failures: What’s Going On? Adhesives are foundational to airtight and watertight enclosures. It is essential that the adhesives we use bond for as much as 50 years, 100 years, or longer. How do we know when we have the right kind of adhesion? What are the different ways a tape's adhesion will be able to provide us wi … read more

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An Interior Air Barrier Does It Better

An Interior Air Barrier Does It Better

An Interior Air Barrier Does It Better Ever tempted to wear your underwear over your pants? Neither are we! But when it comes to buildings, we’re seeing a lot of common practices that are equally backwards. It turns out that air barriers, like underwear, perform their job much better on the inside. To be more specific, that means inb … read more

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INTELLO Airtight System Aces NBC Lab Test

INTELLO Airtight System Aces NBC Lab Test

INTELLO Airtight System Aces NBC Lab Test First interior air barrier system to be successfully tested to ASTM E2357 - Compliant with NBC of Canada part 5 and 9 Selecting appropriate materials and systems to form an inboard air barrier is a critical step in designing and building foam free, high-performance enclosure assemblies. Not o … read more

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5 Steps For Sealing Intentional Holes in Your Air Barrier

5 Steps For Sealing Intentional Holes in Your Air Barrier

5 Steps For Sealing Intentional Holes in Your Air Barrier A continuous air barrier is one of the defining design details of Passive House and high-performance building. The red line that many of us draw on blueprints to indicate the air barrier separating the interior conditioned space and the exterior environment, provides comfort, opt … read more

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Smart Vapor Control, Magical Thinking and Goldilocks

Smart Vapor Control, Magical Thinking and Goldilocks

Smart Vapor Control, Magical Thinking and Goldilocks Be sure to protect your building for its entire lifetime In an endurance test, it’s critical to have capabilities in reserve to handle the unexpected: And the life of a building enclosure is an endurance test. The greatest threat to a building’s longevity is moisture damage. Conseque … read more

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