If a property owner is considering an upgrade to improve energy efficiency, a building envelope inspection is recommended first.
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The only way you can have any effect on the building code is to get directly involved. In fact, with a little effort you can change current code language that is unclear or write new sections of code based on your area of expertise. The code development process is open to anyone having influence if initiative is taken.
In early 2014, a video of the Brier Creek Multifamily building collapse went viral. The cause for the collapse was straight-line wind gusts of approximately 86 mph.
The task of assembling the components of framing, cladding, insulation, structural sheathing, and various control layers into a durable, cohesive system is a similar balancing act, but there are solutions.
Nowadays it’s common to see other kinds of WRBs on commercial products such as peel-and-stick, fully self-adhered membranes, spray applied membranes, and so forth.
Integrating continuous insulation with traditional building methods is much easier than it sounds. Take tar paper for example. Tar paper is historically the most common water resistive barrier (WRB) for residential construction.
A labor cost effective option with certain products is to use continuous insulation as its own WRB, by taping all seams and overlapping the insulation boards over the flashing.
Today CI is virtually required in commercial construction. But residential walls, typically framed with wood, not steel, have less of an issue with thermal bridging. So is the use of CI on these types of structures worth it? Absolutely!
Most cavity insulation products are very effective at minimizing sound transmission. Therefore, use continuous insulation to keep warm and insulate the cavities to reduce noise!