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Air Sealing Best Practices for a High-Performance House

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Oct 27, 2015 9:37:00 AM

In a typical residence, there is nearly one mile of exterior joints that can leak air. That’s 5,280 feet of potential problems.

Owens Corning, a leading residential insulation industry innovator backed by 75 years of building science expertise, decided to conduct research that would quantify the leakage characteristics of the most important joints/openings in a residential structure and prioritize them in terms of the cost to seal it—an air leakage bang for the buck ranking of the joints/openings.

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Free Ebook: Do Spray-On Barriers Outperform Housewrap?

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 16, 2015 8:24:00 AM

This collection of the latest research suggests that spray-on systems can save up to 75% in labor costs, lasts longer, and perform better than traditional wraps.

Until recently, I hadn't heard much about "spray-on" air and moisture barriers. That's because they remained primarily a commercial product. But at least one company, Sto Corp., is now offering a residential version. The liquid can be sprayed, rolled or brushed on, and other accessories such as flashing,

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