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Air barriers

by Douglas R. Sutherland, Bryan J. Boyle, and Kevin D. Knight, Retro-Specs Consultants Ltd.

Going retrofit: Upgrade of building envelope delivers remedy for ailing housing compl...


Devising a better barrier

by Glenn Tench, W.R. Meadows Inc.

Air leakage and the associated infiltration and exfiltration of moisture are primary ...


Gearing up for PACE

by Joe G. Maty, Editor, JAC


Getting less grief from your EIFS

by Brent Fisher and Bob Dazel, Dryvit Systems Inc.

All exterior cladding systems require routine, consistent maintenance programs to ens...


Proof positive: ASTM E 2357 standard provides method to measure air-barrier performance

by Mark Kennedy and Craig Boucher, Grace Construction Products

The recently adopted standard test method ASTM E 2357 provides a uniform methodology ...


Taking cool to the next level

by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Materials Testing Technology

Heat-deflecting technologies aren't relegated to the roof, as coatings makers, users ...


Pausing for reflection on aging of the cool roof

by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC


Putting a hold on leaks

by Christopher Perego, BASF Construction Chemicals-Building Systems

Sealants and coatings for concrete play a crucial role in keeping water on the outsid...


Sealing up the envelope

by Tony Eshmade, P.Eng., A.F. Eshmade & Associates

A problem-plagued apartment building in Ontario needed a complete upgrade of its buil...


Stain and sealer system transforms concrete floors at Ave Maria University


The war against water

by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Material Testing Technology, LLC

An array of water-repellent and waterproofing measures are enlisted in the never-endi...


Waterproofing: Filling the information gap

by Kenneth L. Hercenberg, Cannon Design

Part one of a series on waterproofing, this article discusses variables in selecting ...


Maximizing the yield from the garden roof

by Joe Maty, Editor, JAC

The garden roof may be as green as it gets, but specification of this increasingly po...


Playing a hot hand

by Joe Maty, JAC Editor

Coatings suppliers, users, and relevant industry trade groups seek to improve the pub...


Charting a course for great barrier EIFS

A combination of a fast-track construction schedule and a rain-and windswept seaside ...


Cool roofs: Assuming a higher profile in key building codes and standards

by Joe Maty, JAC Editor

If any lingering doubts persist in the design and building professions regarding the ...


Cool-roof technologies - One cool concept: A roof-system calculator

by Andre O. Desjarlais, Thomas W. Pterie, and William A. Miller, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Buildings Technology Center

A web-based program quantifies and compares the effects of various surface types on e...


Energy codes: Pushing the air-barrier envelope

by David Weitz, Conservation Services Group

Proposals to mandate broader applications of air barriers emerge as the industry look...


The basics on elastomerics and other roof-coatings solutions

by Jayson L. Helsel, KTA-Tator and Joe Maty, JAC Editor

In the current realm of roof-coatings technologies, the specifier, arhitect, or build...


Cool wall joins cool roof as demand grows for climate change in building and design

In the warp-speed-evolving world of green and sustainable building and design, cool i...


At Dallas school district, combination of SPF, white reflective roof coating makes the grade

The insulating and seamless waterproofing properties of a spray polyurethane foam (SP...


Making the case for the SPF roof

The well established roofing system referred to here is spray polyurethane foam or SP...


Barrier to entry

A new high school complex in Massachusetts takes on the elements with an integrated e...


Solving the air-barrier riddle: Permeable or impermeable?

by Sonya Santos, Grace Construction Products

Which barrier--permeable or impermeable--is right for a given building? And how shoul...


Air-barrier system plays key supporting role in ambitious high school expansion program

A major upgrade to Massachusetts school puts designers, suppliers, and trades to the ...


Air Barriers 101: Basic theory and design

by John Edgar, Sto Corp.

Key topics addressed include the differences in barrier types, water and moisture con...


It’s a matter of degrees

by Allen Zielnik

Getting a read on ‘cool roof’ technologies and other energy-conserving coatings ideas


It's not smart to be all wet

by Joe Maty

The concept of Smart Growth received a great deal of attention at the recent BuildBos...


Air Barriers: Great expectations

by Kevin Knight

Selection of material, application, and quality control procedures are described for ...


It's westward ho for air barriers

The barrier movement is gaining momentum, and liquid-applied materials figure promine...


New coatings VOC limits go into effect in Mid-Atlantic

WASHINGTON—New volatile organic compound (VOC) limits on architectural and industrial...


 
 
   

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