Building Enclosures Evolved
Deeper building science-driven practices, builder curiosity and innovative products have propelled homebuilding into the 21st century. Today’s homebuilding design and engineering looks much different than it did in the 18th century. Let’s take a look back.
A Look Back at Building Structures of the Past
Mortise and tenon joints gave way to today’s advanced wood framing, allowing builders to focus on innovation and revolutionary products that simplify the process.
Millennium-old trees that allowed a large amount of energy to flow in and out of building structures served as the building material of necessity, rather than choice. Without insulation, these buildings dried out in the summer and inward in the winter.
The importance of exterior control layers marked a major shift in the building industry. Filling wall cavities led to examining control layers in building enclosures and, ultimately, the prioritization of those layers to satisfy structural and fire safety ratings. With this concept, an order of control layer importance has been embraced — water, air vapor and thermal management.
Today’s Building Enclosure Priorities
To meet water and air management needs, while simplifying the building process, Huber Engineered Woods developed an exterior roof and wall system that streamlined water and air barrier installation by eliminating the need for loose-applied housewrap. The introduction of ZIP System® sheathing and tape ten years ago presented a solution to reduce risks of housewrap repair delays on jobsites, and in turn, increased performance expectations over time.
"Prior to launching a new product, we had to learn about the control layers ourselves and determine how to manage or mitigate the potential for water intrusion and the infiltration and exfiltration of air,” said Kurt Koch, vice president of engineering and innovation for Huber Engineered Woods. “We observed practices in the field and consulted with experts so that we could develop a system that would revolutionize wood frame construction."
In comes ZIP System® sheathing and tape. With its built-in water- and air-resistive barrier, ZIP System sheathing and tape integrates builders’ envelope needs, meeting structural requirements in an easy-to-install system. ZIP System sheathing and tape is now used by a widespread audience from production and custom homebuilders to multifamily, mixed-use and remodeling specialists.
To learn more about ZIP System sheathing and tape and how it is revolutionizing the building industry, visit ZIPRevolution.com.
Want to know more?
See Code-Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood-Framed Building Envelopes in the Continuing Education Center for more on how ZIP System sheathing and tape’s next-generation integrated solutions can simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration and air leakage.