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This article summarizes a recent study that found investing in simple home insulation upgrades can yield both a more comfortable living space and quite a healthy return. The full report from this Insulation Industry Opportunity Study can be found here.

The presence of an airspace enclosed within a building envelope assembly is known to contribute to the overall thermal performance of the assembly. However, the actual R-value of an airspace can vary significantly depending on various conditions of use, such as the air-tightness of the assembly of materials enclosing an airspace. This updated page sheds light on a popular topic.

Retrofit and remodeling of an existing building provide one of the greatest opportunities to improve energy efficiency, comfort, healthiness, durability, and economy for a more sustainable building well into the future. The resources on this new application page are intended to help get the most out of your remodeling project by maximizing practical retrofit opportunities that will pay dividends into the future.

Like most building materials, foam plastic insulating sheathing (FPIS) only performs as well as it is installed. This new resource provides installation guidance and illustrations to help promote proper installation of FPIS in a variety of applications.

This page illustrates the integration of code-compliance requirements and best practices for moisture control of frame wall assemblies (based on 2021 IRC).

In the Aug/Sept 2022 issue of Fine Homebuilding, Fernando Pagés Ruiz discusses how he omitted the OSB on this spec home to save money, while still making sure his build had reliable structural quality.

Fire safety and moisture protection are crucial to the creation of a wall assembly that is durable, safe, and code compliant. This new addition to the FACTS Sheet library outlines how using foam plastic insulating sheathing (FPIS) as continuous insulation (ci) for energy code compliance provides some key advantages to consider in these areas.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory logoPNNL is looking for contractors in one of the following regions to participate in a re-siding study: Nashville, Cincinnati, southern New Jersey, southern Maryland, or Asheville, NC. Learn more

Energy conservation is the core value proposition of building insulation. The insulation industry delivers a product that cost-effectively optimizes the thermal performance of buildings with insulation materials that are safe to use and promote a clean, low-carbon emissions environment. This statement recognizes the great improvements that the insulation industry has made in reducing its carbon intensity and outlines a common direction and united messaging for the future of these efforts.

Originally presented by Jay Crandell, P.E. at the 2022 IIBEC International Convention & Tradeshow, this presentation reviews structural wind resistance and water-resistance research supporting various detailing options in the context of new provisions in the latest editions of the IBC and IRC. 

The Quick Guide on Cladding Connections to Wood Frame Walls with FPIS ci is now also available in French and Spanish!

This resource boils down the possibilities to “right-size” wall bracing for optimal wall designs that also make use of the many benefits and capabilities of FPIS. View the full FACTS Sheet Library.

This Quick Guide outlines a step-by-step process to ensure vinyl siding is properly specified and installed when applied over FPIS ci for a durable and code-compliant installation. View the full Quick Guide Library.