SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 12 April 2016
STP158520140112

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

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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.

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Wissink, Katherine
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, MA,, US
Bashaw, Laura
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, MA,, US
Nelson, Peter
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, MA,, US
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Developed by Committee: E06
Pages: 265–287
DOI: 10.1520/STP158520140112
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7616-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7615-7