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T his is an interesting question. With liquid-applied W R Bs, the obvious installer is the EIFS contractor, as it is often trowel-applied. With paper, sheet and film WRBs, sometimes framers want to install the WRB. My thinking is that the WRB is part of the EIFS and not part of the framing. Thus, the EIFS contractor should install it. But this opinion of mine will not stop an occasional disagreement about who does what work. It’s also possible to have a WRB that is itself the drainage media. PREFABRICATED EIFS PANELS WHAT’S NEXT?

If you were to dream up an environment that had pillars, archways and corridors of stone throughout an area, you might think it would be hard to realize. It doesn’t take very long to create that dream space using concrete. Just recently, there was a public wine room created (note pictures) where real stone was placed in the same area as vertical decorative concrete. The real stone took second place to the VDC—not because it didn’t look good, but because it was not as exciting. Is this really hard to learn?

THE INS AND OUTS OF AIR Air leakage rates in today’s buildings are often dramatically lower than in older buildings. S. Department of Energy blower door tests. They found that for spaces built with SIPs, the leakage rate was 8 cubic feet per minute at 50 pascals compared to 121 cubic feet per minute at 50 pascals for wood framing with fiberglass batt insulation. The low leakage rates, along with more continuous insulation and less thermal bridging, mean that SIPs can help reduce energy consumption costs up to 60 percent.

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