Building Science

As mentioned in a prior January 2020 EEBS article (2021 I-Codes Adopt Major Energy Efficiency & Building Science Advancements), many advancements forthcoming in the 2021 ICC family of codes (energy and building codes) were overviewed with the intent to address these advancements individually in future articles.  Well, here’s the first installment and it addresses some very useful improvements and clarifications made to the Portland Cement stucco water-resistive barrier (WRB) provisions.

Without clear definitions the code may be subject to varying interpretations that may depart from the intent. Definitions are important and they have significant technical implications.

The 2021 International Codes are currently going through our established validation process, conducted in accordance with Council Policy 28.

At the recent 2020 RESNET Building Performance Conference, Jay Crandell (ARES Consulting) and Amy Schmidt (DuPont) gave a presentation titled “If Walls Could Talk…”

The energy subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce heard discussion on six bipartisan efficiency and energy storage bills, but the most contentious moment focused on appliance standards.

FHB House builder Mike Guertin and designer Michael Maines conceived of the project’s foundation with buildability, water management, and thermal performance in mind.

The code development process for the 2021 International Codes is in its final stages.

Canada's building codes are revised every five years by the National Research Council, and the next update will be released in 2020.

Insulating layers keep the rain out without compromising air circulation. Below is a new product on the market for residential construction.

The energy savings from net zero passive houses can reduce heating costs by 75% to 90%, and these new dwellings have a much longer life span, writes Passive Design Solutions’ Natalie Leonard.

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