By: Pat Austin, Sales Representative – Architectural Products
As code officials contemplate how to improve the performance of our buildings, they have come to realize the importance of minimizing interruptions to the insulation envelope. These interruptions, often referred to as “thermal bridges”, reduce the effective R-value of a wall or roof assembly. To address this, newer versions of the IECC energy code mandate the use of continuous insulation in addition to cavity wall insulation in order to reduce the effect of thermal bridging.
As building designers wrestle with how to achieve the continuous insulation mandate, they have a readily available solution right at their fingertips. EIFS, or exterior insulation and finish systems, are ready-made solutions to the continuous insulation problem. Using a combination of Foam-Control EPS insulation, fiberglass mesh, and trowel or spray applied coatings, a wide variety of finishes can be achieved. EIFS brands include Dryvit, STO, Parex, Finestone, Senergy, and Total Wall, among others. Check out this innovative solution to the continuous insulation mandate today.