Sealant, Waterproofing & Restoration Institute (SWRI) Taking A Lead

Sealant, Waterproofing & Restoration Institute (SWRI) Taking a Lead

This non-profit trade organization is taking a lead in helping define the restoration construction industry. A valuable resource for contractors, manufacturers, design professionals and consultants, the Institute provides important technical data and training via its educational programs and publications, thus promoting industry-wide standards of application and products. With technical meetings, manuals, videos, and third party validation, SWRI provides a forum to learn about current trends and new products, as well as to exchange ideas, discuss new methods of application and network with other professionals.
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Building Better Walls PART THREE: Vapor Control & Thermal Control

Building Better Walls PART THREE: Vapor Control & Thermal Control

The third and final post in our series focuses on vapor barriers and how they can protect buildings from water infiltration in high-rainfall regions, as well as from water vapor drive and unwanted air movement. We also delve into the importance of thermal comfort in today’s building designs and the key components for controlling heat flow in building walls: insulation layers that aren’t penetrated by thermal bridges, an effective air barrier system, good control of solar radiation and management of interior heat generation. A “clever” wall needs resilient design components that control air, moisture, vapor and thermal conditions. Get the wall right and it can make all the difference in creature comfort, energy efficiency and economics.
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