Building Envelope

From insulation and flashing to exterior sheathing, it’s essential that the building envelope of any home be tight, strong, and efficient. Find the latest technology for sturdy, dry, and energy-efficient homes here.

Q+A: Maker of The '100 Year Window' Explains Its Durability

Brent Hull's historically authentic window gets it name from its promised performance: to last 100 years.

All images: Hullworks

Q+A: Maker of The '100 Year Window' Explains Its Durability

Brent Hull's historically authentic window gets it name from its promised performance: to last 100 years.

All images: Hullworks

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This party wall includes the best practices mentioned in this article: fiberglass-mat faced gypsum shaft liner, gypsum blocking in the gap between the liner and the wall top plate, and fire-rated foam.

All photos: courtesy IBACOS

This party wall includes the best practices mentioned in this article: fiberglass-mat faced gypsum shaft liner, gypsum blocking in the gap between the liner and the wall top plate, and fire-rated foam.

All photos: courtesy IBACOS

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Sto Launches StoSeal STPE Sealant

Image: Sto Corp

Sto Launches StoSeal STPE Sealant

Image: Sto Corp

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UPM Biochemicals and URSA Develop New Sustainable Insulation

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UPM Biochemicals and URSA Develop New Sustainable Insulation

Image: URSA

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Person installing new air filter in vent

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Person installing new air filter in vent

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Person wearing virtual reality headset looking at building outline

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Person wearing virtual reality headset looking at building outline

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TREX PROTECT, TREX, AND TREX RAINESCAPE, NOW WARRANTIED FOR 25 YEARS

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TREX PROTECT, TREX, AND TREX RAINESCAPE, NOW WARRANTIED FOR 25 YEARS

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Indoor air quality is a concern in the home

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Indoor air quality is a concern in the home

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ILLUSTRATION OF HEATFLOW
ILLUSTRATION OF HEATFLOW
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TROUBLE-FREE STUCCO OVERHANGS

Without a weep screed, stucco buried in the surrounding grade would eventually wick water up the wall through capillary action and introduce a number of problems, such as cracking and delamination, along with rotting the sheathing and framing.
Image courtesy Stephen Coburn | AdobeStock

TROUBLE-FREE STUCCO OVERHANGS

Without a weep screed, stucco buried in the surrounding grade would eventually wick water up the wall through capillary action and introduce a number of problems, such as cracking and delamination, along with rotting the sheathing and framing.
Image courtesy Stephen Coburn | AdobeStock

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