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    STP1585

    Applicability of Fluid-Applied Air and Water-Resistive Barriers in Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems for Use in Other Cladding Systems

    Published: 2016


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    Abstract

    The exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) industry was the first to introduce fluid-applied air and water-resistive barriers in the 1990s. Fluid-applied air and water-resistive barrier membranes in EIFS have a successful track record of more than a decade. However, this track record is not necessarily transferrable when these products are used in other cladding systems. This paper provides a brief history of the development and use of fluid-applied air and water-resistive barriers in EIFS, identifies key differences between EIFS cladding and other cladding systems and the required performance characteristics of the air and water-resistive barrier membranes, and presents results from testing of commonly used fluid-applied air and water-resistive barriers (both membranes used in EIFS and those developed for use in other cladding systems) to evaluate these performance characteristics.

    Keywords:

    EIFS, fluid-applied air barrier, water-resistive barrier


    Author Information:

    Wissink, Katherine S.
    Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, MA,

    Bashaw, Laura K.
    Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, MA,

    Nelson, Peter E.
    Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, MA,


    Committee/Subcommittee: E06.58

    DOI: 10.1520/STP158520140112