High Performing Precast Concrete Building Enclosures – Rain Control

High Performing Precast Concrete Building Enclosures – Rain Control

By John Straube, Principal And Senior Building Science Specialist, RDH Summary: Precast concrete enclosure walls stand apart from most “rainscreen” walls in several key respects: how they control rain penetration, how they provide airtightness, and their sequence of construction. This guide reviews the requirements for high performance enclosures as they apply to precast concrete, with […]

CPCI Maintenance and Inspection Manual for Precast Concrete Building Enclosures

CPCI Maintenance and Inspection Manual for Precast Concrete Building Enclosures

By John Straube, Principal And Senior Building Science Specialist, RDH Summary: This manual is intended to assist building owners and maintenance staff in planning the maintenance of precast concrete cladding on buildings. Periodic maintenance will allow the precast system to perform as designed and extend the service life of the precast concrete enclosure. The recommendations […]

Canadian Spray Foam Guide

Canadian Spray Foam Guide

By Jonathan Smegal, John Straube, and Aaron Grin Summary: This guide covers recommended enclosure details for light-density (0.5 pcf) and medium-density (2.0 pcf) polyurethane spray foam. It includes information about spray foam applications for foundation walls in basements and conditioned crawlspaces, the underside of floor joists in vented crawlspaces, above grade walls, rim joists, vented […]

Freeze-Thaw Damage and Insulation Projects Homeowner’s Guide

Freeze-Thaw Damage and Insulation Projects Homeowner’s Guide

Summary: This guide was created for homeowners who are considering whether and how to insulate their homes’ masonry walls. It describes the mechanics of freeze-thaw damage and some key issues related to this problem. Because freeze-thaw damage is a complicated problem that can be impacted by many different factors, it is not possible to provide […]

Freeze-Thaw Research Data

Freeze-Thaw Research Data

Summary: When masonry walls are too wet during freezing spells, freeze-thaw damage can occur; insulation on the inside raises this risk by making masonry colder and less able to dry. However, careful assessment can help building owners manage risk and make informed decisions about whether and how to retrofit. This process is particularly important when […]

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