An exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) is considered a general class of nonloadbearing building cladding assembly providing exterior walls with an insulated, water-resistant, and finished surface in an integrated composite material system. It is widely used throughout the country.
A mid-rise construction project in Cambridge, Ont., opted for composite floors and cold-formed steel walls. Steel framing was combined with offsite construction techniques to fully capitalize on tighter tolerances and precision assembly processes.
The magazine’s series of sponsored, free e-books continues with a look at the barriers against air leakage in a variety of building assemblies. Download the collection to learn more about air barriers, including differences between Canadian and U.S. approaches.
The magazine’s series of sponsored, free e-books continues with a look at the barriers against air leakage in a variety of building assemblies. Download the collection to learn more about strategies for weatherproofing walls comprising insulating concrete forms (ICFs).
Construction Canada has announced the newest volume in its series of free, downloadable e-books. “Barriers Against Air Leakage” is a four-part pdf exploring advancements in assemblies that help keep exterior conditions outside where they belong.
Energy efficiency, green construction, increased insulation, net-zero—all these terms imply the same expectation: to improve the performance of buildings and minimize their impact on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, conserving natural resources, and maximizing the service life of all building systems—all while maintaining comfortable and functional buildings.
Insulation manufacturers have devised numerous ways to improve the thermal performance of their products, from adding specialized particles to polystyrene to refining vacuum insulated panels (VIPs) and phase-change materials to aerogels. Unfortunately, none of this matters when these high-performance products are installed ineffectively.
Exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) are in an ideal position to respond to the requirements of many of the sustainability programs becoming more prevalent in society. Indeed, there are specific features of these cladding assemblies that add to the value proposition in terms of sustainable construction.
The road to energy independence is paved with conservation. In spite of new methods of producing ‘clean’ energy, nothing beats conservation as the most cost-effective solution. This is why recent changes to building codes—such as the new National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB)—have emphasized the requirements for airtight building envelopes and continuous insulation (ci).