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Four Key Reasons for Building with a Vented Rainscreen

Four Key Reasons for Building with a Vented Rainscreen

Four Key Reasons for Building with a Vented Rainscreen When looking for the essential nature of construction, the architect Louis Kahn famously said: 'What do you want, brick?' Today, in looking at the nature of high-performance building enclosures, we re-imagine the conversation: You say to the building’s exterior, 'What do you w … read more

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Building In Fall & Winter?  INTELLO Will Protect You

Building In Fall & Winter?  INTELLO Will Protect You

Building in Fall & Winter? INTELLO Will Protect You So you’re building a high-performance, low energy building - maybe even a Passive House. What's the Problem? INTELLO PLUS Double-Wide intalled in a new build on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Owner: Fred Schreiner; Project Manager: Village Vista Construction; Contractors: D … read more

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Smart Vapor Control, Magical Thinking and Goldilocks

Smart Vapor Control, Magical Thinking and Goldilocks

Smart Vapor Control, Magical Thinking and Goldilocks Be sure to protect your building for its entire lifetime In an endurance test, it’s critical to have capabilities in reserve to handle the unexpected: And the life of a building enclosure is an endurance test. The greatest threat to a building’s longevity is moisture damage. Conseq … read more

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Drive Safe, Build Safe

Drive Safe, Build Safe As we get ready to drive over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, our minds turn to safety and the risks we take for granted every day.  What's your risk tolerance? When you drive, do you tailgate the car in front of you or do you leave a safety buffer?  Although you are very unlikely to crash, do you both … read more

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Why The Vapor Curve Matters

Why The Vapor Curve Matters How vapor variable materials stack up when it comes to mileage and protection Intelligent membranes, or smart vapor retarders, can help prevent condensation in enclosure assemblies (walls and roofs) in winter, while allowing inward diffusion in summer. This transformation is important to assure the safety of an ins … read more

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Can't vent at valleys and dormers? Use a smart vapor retarder (not foam)

Can't vent at valleys and dormers? Use a smart vapor retarder (not foam) Straight gable roofs are easy to vent, and ideally would be vented.  But often we end up with dormers, valleys and other complications. In this post we feature Alex Wilson's house rebuild in Vermont to explain how smart vapor retarders like ProClima's DB+ or I … read more

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