Rainscreens as external cladding have been around for decades, but advancements in technology have made them increasingly popular. This is due to two key factors—their ability to deliver optimal performance metrics, and the flexibility they provide when it comes to design options.
Blackwood Studio in Hinchinbrooke, Qué., is the outcome of a long history that began several years ago with a meeting with Steven Spazuk, a visual artist who paints with fire. Spazuk wanted to free himself from the space constraints of his cramped studio in the attic of his home in Léry, Qué., on the shores of Lake Saint-Louis.
The Grand Valley Chapter is holding a webinar on “Rainscreen Claddings and Drained Walls: Technology, Codes, and Regulation” on Thursday, October 15. Networking will be from 12:45 to 1 p.m., followed by the presentation from 1 to 2 p.m.
Salem Architecture has completed the renovation of Maison Ave Courcelette, a historic residence in the heart of Montréal. The main intention of the project, located in the Outremont borough, was to improve the relationship of the interior spaces with the large exterior courtyard while highlighting elements dating from the original construction.
Due to the variety of cladding materials available today, and designers’ penchants to combine styles and textures, it is essential to specify building envelope controls, such as gypsum-integrated water-resistive barrier-air barrier (WRB-AB) sheathings, which are compatible with multiple cladding types.
Exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) are above-grade, exterior wall claddings used across the country on residential and commercial buildings. It is a popular cladding choice due to benefits such as high thermal efficiency, cost effectiveness, and design versatility.
Lightweight rear-ventilated rainscreen (LWRVRS) systems with low embodied energy help improve a building envelope’s thermal efficiency by providing extra space for insulation. Building design professionals can choose from a vast array of LWRVRS façade materials with multiple thicknesses and fastening methods.