Designing high-performance buildings requires redefining the team and air barrier system requirements

When designing for healthcare, it is mandatory to design the most robust facility possible to manage air and moisture vapor infiltration.   A high-performance, sustainable building is dependent on a high-performance building envelope.  Achieving an integrated, high-performance building envelope, however, can be fraught with problems as the number of trades and products expands. The integrity of….

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Tremco Solutions for Parkland Hospital in Dallas

Tremco’s Proglaze ETA Engineered Transition Assembly was able to span the gap needed to accomodate the combined thicknesses of the continuous board insulation and limestone veneer to assure continuous, compatible performance between adjoining assemblies. The objective was to create a healthcare facility with a 50+ year lifespan to serve generations to come. The integrity of….

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Architectural design and engineering complexity demand total glazing solutions

Glazing systems able to accommodate multi-directional movement of +/-5% in each direction.  Joints that appear to disappear.   Engineered solutions for connecting glazing systems to the opaque wall and air barrier.   All backed by performance warranties.  Sound pretty impossible? Essential to meeting the demands of today’s complex architecture and design is the need for Total Glazing….

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TSCA Modernization Makes Historic Moment

June 23, 2015 marks a historic moment in the long journey for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) modernization.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2576, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, by a 398-1 vote.  The bipartisan vote by 231 Republicans and 167 Democrats is a leap forward in the multi-year effort to modernize….

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Sealant Compatibility with Air Barrier, Deck Coating and Waterproofing? No Sweat!

Innovative urethane technology is now available to eliminate the problems that occur when incompatible sealants are used under air barriers, deck coatings and waterproofing.  In fact, one product can be used for all these applications – with warranted performance longer than standard urethanes at 10 years. Within hours, using the wrong sealant can begin to….

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Credible and Clear: Validated Testing + Performance = Purchaser Trust

For a manufacturer, there is a wide range of factors which impact a product’s performance – performance in-use and performance in terms of sales revenues. Companies are always seeking the best ways to differentiate their product and brand in the customers’ mindset. In the building materials space this is incredibly important, because specifiers, architects, and….

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TIP SHEET: Five Factors Critical to Delivering Airtight and Watertight Building Enclosures

When a project goes out to bid or negotiate, drawings may be only about 50-60% complete.  Detailing may be indicated with intent. Yet, with any number of trades involved in these areas, how do know you are getting what you really need to deliver the performance you expect? We often hear, ”This is what we….

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Picture Perfect Rainscreen System Builds in Efficiency, Aesthetics and Long-Term Performance

When products leave the Acrytec Panel Industries facility in Ontario, Canada, they leave in perfect condition.  To Acrytec customers, this means more than just individual panels that meet ASTM specifications. Acrytec provides a rainscreen system that is visually perfect, down to the controlled joints between the panels. The goal is to provide the highest quality….

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R Value vs. U Value: Why these numbers alone are not sufficient to understand energy loss.

Did you know as R value increases, thermal performance improves? That is a simple concept to understand – bigger is better right?  Conversely, did you know that as U value decreases, thermal performance improves? These are fairly well understood realities, so it would not be surprising if your answer to both these questions is yes…..

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