Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2016

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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peak with today's leading build- ing products manufacturers about what's driving development of their latest building-envelope offerings, and you'll hear two words repeated, over and over again: codes and labor. Current energy-efficiency codes are requiring more sophisticated approaches to envelope design; at the same time, many regions are experi- encing shortages in the kinds of skilled labor required to install such designs appropriate- ly. Preassembled systems and easier-to-apply liquid-based sealants are among the solutions now available to address both concerns. "Energy codes have become more strin- gent the past few years; they're the things that give builders the most anxiety," says Allen Sealock, product director for Huber Engineered Woods. "I think manufactur- ers, in general, are seeing the same trends and trying to find ways to enter those mar- kets. I think there have been more dramatic changes on the residential side — at least in enforcement." Sealing the Envelope Efficiency, both in energy performance and installation ease, is the key driver in today's building-envelope marketplace By Chuck Ross S Tiny 1mm spacers embedded onto the surface of BENJAMIN OBDYKE'S HydroGap Drainable Housewrap are just big enough to encourage water drainage without reducing an exterior wall system's R-value. Encouraging this kind of drainage is especially helpful in regions where wind-driven rain can lead to bulk water intrusion. Circle 10 on inquiry card 84 August 2016 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Building Envelope

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