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.

RHEINZINK AMERICA
The manufacturer’s architectural-grade zinc cladding can be used on walls and roofs. Ranging in style from Classic bright rolled, PrePatina blue-gray, and ArtColor in an array of colors, the product is self-healing, low-maintenance, and corrosion resistant. It has a potential lifespan of 100 years or more, the company says.
 

RHEINZINK AMERICA
The manufacturer’s architectural-grade zinc cladding can be used on walls and roofs. Ranging in style from Classic bright rolled, PrePatina blue-gray, and ArtColor in an array of colors, the product is self-healing, low-maintenance, and corrosion resistant. It has a potential lifespan of 100 years or more, the company says.
 

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Laura Britt Design home

Opting for a carport rather than a garage ensures noxious fumes remain outside the house. / Photos: Leonid Furmansk

Laura Britt Design home

Opting for a carport rather than a garage ensures noxious fumes remain outside the house. / Photos: Leonid Furmansk

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LeakSmart System

LEAKSMART
The LeakSmart Snap is a whole-home system that detects water leaks or pipe-freezing temperatures, shuts off the home’s supply, and alerts homeowners via a smart device in less than 5 seconds. It installs quickly, the company says, without the need to cut into the main water supply line. A Hub extends the protection, even during power outages.

LeakSmart System

LEAKSMART
The LeakSmart Snap is a whole-home system that detects water leaks or pipe-freezing temperatures, shuts off the home’s supply, and alerts homeowners via a smart device in less than 5 seconds. It installs quickly, the company says, without the need to cut into the main water supply line. A Hub extends the protection, even during power outages.

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FutureHAUS solar decathlon Dubai exterior

Photo: Thorsen Photography

FutureHAUS solar decathlon Dubai exterior

Photo: Thorsen Photography

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Entreka prefab panels

ENTEKRA

LP recently invested in this manufacturer, which provides prefabricated wall panels, floor panels, and roof trusses. Structural elements are delivered to the jobsite for sequential off-loading to maximize efficiencies, and the frame can be assembled in three to four days. Entekra says its system reduces the overall build cycle by up to 33 percent versus stick framing and reduces the need for on-site skilled labor by 40 to 60 percent.

Entreka prefab panels

ENTEKRA

LP recently invested in this manufacturer, which provides prefabricated wall panels, floor panels, and roof trusses. Structural elements are delivered to the jobsite for sequential off-loading to maximize efficiencies, and the frame can be assembled in three to four days. Entekra says its system reduces the overall build cycle by up to 33 percent versus stick framing and reduces the need for on-site skilled labor by 40 to 60 percent.

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