Laura Dwyer Laura Dwyer manages the DuPont™ Building Knowledge Center, a national network of experts who shape insights, tools and resources to help members of the building industry navigate the changing future. Central to her role is harnessing the knowledge and skills of DuPont Building Innovations professionals to deliver enhanced value to customers by sharing best practices in building science and application knowledge. www
Unfortunately too many builders buy based on cost, not performance value. House wrap is one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind items that homeowners rarely consider. But low-value options don't pay off in the long run.
You may have the best craftsmanship in a home, but a home that's missing a layer of continuous insulation on the outside won't perform up to its full potential.
A good home starts with good walls. And high performance homes have high performance walls. We'll look at three of the most important factors that go into walls that make homeowners happy.
Experienced builders will remember the days when we didn't worry so much about mold and rot caused by water. That's because the homes had so much air leakage that the water could dry up before it caused damage.
Controlling moisture can make your home more energy-efficient, less costly to heat and cool, more comfortable, and prevent mold growth, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Controlling rainwater is the single most important factor in the design and construction of durable wall assemblies. Unfortunately, all exterior claddings will allow some level of water to pass through. That means, at some point, siding, brick, stucco, and stone installation will get water behind them.
Your home should be a refuge from the hustle of daily life – but a home without enough insulation may mean your home is noisier than it has to be.
How would you like to remodel your home and save up to 25 percent on your heating and cooling costs with one step? It's not a trick question – it's entirely possible with continuous insulation.
Most builders are very familiar with the concept of a house wrap. It's a water-resistive barrier that goes on top of the sheathing in a wood-frame home. Then the exterior cladding goes on top of the house wrap.
If you're considering a deep green remodeling or renovation of an existing home, be sure to include continuous insulation in your plan.
A blanket of continuous exterior insulation over the walls and studs reduces thermal bridging. This keeps the inside air in the house and outside air out, helping homes stay cool in summer and warm in winter.
Have you ever sat next to an old style aluminum window on a cold day? Or sat on cold metal bleachers at a fall football game? You've experienced thermal bridging.
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