Building Science

The hardest part of building a resilient wall is managing moisture. If water gets inside the wall, all sorts of problems arise, including mold, rust, and structural degradation, depending on the materials used.

What are the guidelines for letting rim joists act as headers in a wall system, and is there a way to insulate that header without sacrificing the bearing surface for the joists?

On July 27, Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced S. 3295, "All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act."

The brick veneer/metal stud (BV/MS) backup exterior wall assembly was invented in New England in the 1970s. This type of system was formed to substitute the more expansive concrete masonry unit (CMU) backup wall because it is installed much more quickly.

New RainBarrier HD & RainBarrier 45 provide energy saving continuous insulation (ci), fire protection, and acoustical control while efficiently draining water from a wall cavity system.

Austin home builder Matt Risinger reviews a number of innovative building envelope products he saw at the recent 2018 Humid Climate Conference in his hometown.

According to a recent article in Construction Specifier, more than 30 organizations from around the world have joined forces to develop landmark industry standards to address fire safety in buildings.

SOPREMA Inc., a leading manufacturer of roofing, waterproofing, wall protection and civil engineering waterproofing solutions, has announced the acquisition of DERBIGUM Americas Inc.—the U.S. division of DERBIGUM, a Belgian roofing solutions provider.

Proper installation of windows and doors isn't always easy, as the following article makes clear. Fortunately, a number of tools have been developed to help ease the process for building designers and installers at

Q: Is there a good way to eliminate conductive heat loss through the exposed beams?