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Performance requirements for today's buildings are increasing at a breakneck pace. New technology in building materials is responding to the challenge, providing you with products and systems that set new standards for performance, speed and sustainability as well as flexibility in design.To help keep you abreast of some of these new developments and help provide the tools you need as you design projects incorporating this new technology, we will be building this Architect's Resource to continually highlight emerging building envelope solutions. It is our intent to continually add new elements incorporating these new solutions and addressing other issues of critical concern as you strive to develop the high-performance environment.
Whether it is a new medical facility or an aging structure in need of refurbishing and energy upgrades, the challenge is the same. Continuity throughout the building envelope is paramount in order to meet and surpass air leakage standards, resulting in
The challenge is achieving continuity that performs from the start and for years to come without interruption. If it isn’t integrated, coordinated design with proven solutions at connections throughout the enclosure from the start, chances are there will be problems before long.
“Trial and error” increases risk. If detailing and connectivity solutions have not been put to the test to ensure performance during high winds, wind-driven rain, seismic or dynamic movement and more, it may only be a matter of time before air and moisture vapor begin to infiltrate the facility and lead to drafty conditions, the potential for mold and mildew and an increase in heating and cooling costs.
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In the Spring of 2012, Tremco became the first building envelope solutions provider to earn GREENGUARD® Children and Schools™ certification for indoor air quality (IAQ). This provides assurance that volatile organic emissions (VOE) from building components used behind the façade or in the enclosure construction will not negatively impact the quality of the interior environment.
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Thermal bridges can contribute up to 15% of the heat loss in a traditional building. Air infiltration and leakage in an envelope contribute about 35% more. These two items combined may generate up to 50% of the heat loss in a traditional building. An airtight and thermal bridge-free envelope ensures heat, and consequently energy generated in a building, is not wasted.
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How much will disconnects cost you… in change orders or much worse?
Are your specifications and details providing sufficient quality assurance?
Who is responsible for avoiding these disconnect disasters at your firm?
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Tremco has passed full-scale NFPA 285 tests with air barrier membranes, sealants, transitions; ASTM E2357 air leakage testing; and ASTM E331 water leakage testing…all with the same air barrier systems.
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Temperatures exceeding 180° behind metal panels, air barrier membrane exposed for up to a year and fasteners that would have required the cost of additional detailing…
Medical center’s aggressive design of unique stacking joints created aggressive challenges at connections from floor to wall assemblies.
Named Best Higher Education/Research project by ENR Midwest. Expectations were for the building to perform for 100 years and use 50 percent less energy than the typical research lab at the university. Air leakage rates wound up 20 percent better than the stringent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers standards.