A rain screen manages water flow on the exterior of the Proud Green Home (video)
One of the components of the perfect wall that architect Chris Laumer-Giddens built into the Proud Green Home at Serenbe is the HomeSlicker rainscreen.
Produced by Benjamin Obdyke, the HomeSlicker is a vertically-channeled, three-dimensional matrix of that provides a continuous space for drainage and drying, a thermal break and pressure equalization—eliminating the threat of trapped moisture.
It's mounted between the sheathing and the exterior cladding, whether it's cementitious or metal panel siding, both of which are found on the Proud Green Home at Serenbe.
Here Chris explains in his LG Squared Inc. blog about the need for rainscreen as part of the perfect residential wall:
The air space that is created by the rainscreen between the back of the cladding and the face of the water resistive barrier is designed to reduce the forces that draw water into the assembly. Water that does reach the back of the cladding is then permitted to drain from the wall assembly via the space created by the rainscreen.
In addition to the drainage capabilities, a rainscreen system also helps accelerate the drying of moisture-laden air (vapor) that accumulates in the interior wall assembly by moving air in a convective fashion throughout the cavity. Benjamin Obdyke offers a full line of rainscreen products specifically designed for use behind a variety of claddings including wood, fiber cement, manufactured stone, thin stone, and stucco.
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In this video Luis Imery, owner of The Imery Group, builder of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, discusses the use of the HomeSlicker product from Benjamin Obdyke. The product works with windows and flashing to ensure the water goes where it's supposed to go and doesn't enter the interior.
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Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.www