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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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Drive Safe, Build Safe

Drive Safe, Build Safe As we get ready to drive over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, our minds turn to safety and the risks we take for granted every day.  What's your risk tolerance? When you drive, do you tailgate the car in front of you or do you leave a safety buffer?  Although you are very unlikely to crash, do you both … read more

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Can't vent at valleys and dormers? Use a smart vapor retarder (not foam)

Can't vent at valleys and dormers? Use a smart vapor retarder (not foam) Straight gable roofs are easy to vent, and ideally would be vented.  But often we end up with dormers, valleys and other complications. In this post we feature Alex Wilson's house rebuild in Vermont to explain how smart vapor retarders like ProClima's DB+ or INTELLO … read more

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Unvented Flat Roofs: A Technical Discussion

Unvented Flat Roofs A Technical Discussion Flat roofs have often been built with the insulation all on top of the vapor closed drainage plane - as this avoids dew point condensation issues inboard of the roofing.  However in many situations the insulation may need to be primarily or entirely below the flat roof membrane and between the roof j … read more

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The possibilities (and Dangers) of Interior Insulation (part 1)

The possibilities (and Dangers) of Interior Insulation (part 1) Intelligent vapor control layer and airbarrier (INTELLO) during installation in historic building (Note: This post is a translation by Floris Keverling Buisman from the original German, which can be found here.) The majority of the existing building stock uses f … read more

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