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SIPs Create a Superior Air Barrier | Foard Panel

Air Barrier

Air Barrier Limiting air infiltration is one the most important aspects of creating an energy efficient house. Leaky houses use more energy to re-heat or cool the lost air. Air infiltration is often measured as Air Changes per Hour (ACH) SIP Homes are extremely tight. Structural Insulated Panels wrapping timber frame Gaps Intentionally Left at Eaves and Rakes are Filled with Foam Air Sealing Air sealing done properly eliminates both the energy consumption and the durability problems. To meet these needs, the air sealing system must remain robust for decades, be easy to assemble on the job site (under New England’s weather conditions), and be cost-effective. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be one material or solution that meets these needs for all the different types of panel joinery. Drill and Fill Foam Sealant and Pre-attached Roof Strapping Drill and Fill Foam Sealant and Pre-attached Roof Strapping Foard Panel uses 3 materials (spray foam, mastic & tape) and 4 primary methods for air sealing: “Drill and Fill”, “Gapping (for Timber Frames)”, “Panel Mastic” & “Panel Mastic Reinforced with Tape”. Each method is meant to achieve the best seal for a particular situation. What we, and most other panel installers like about these methods is that the panels are put up “dry” with air sealing done as a separate step. This makes the process cleaner, quicker, and allows for undivided attention to be given to this important job. Below is a list of eight key situations

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