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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For builders and remodelers, these changes mean a need to learn about new construction methods and materials. Jeff Key, Georgia- Pacific's (GP) senior marketing manager for wood products, says the stricter energy codes have resulted in fundamental changes to building practices that had been the norm for decades. "Code is a big driver — we understand homes are not built the same way they were 10 or 15 years ago," he says. "Air exchange is the issue — being able to seal up the house prop- erly is going to be a big driver going forward." e critical word in Key's statement is "properly." Moisture management becomes significantly more important as the build- ing envelope gets tighter. Many lessons were learned in the early days of tighter build- ing design, but George Caruso, director of product development and technical support ZIP System's development. "at's an area that's really needed as [all] systems become more complex — it's a major theme, I think, in building materials." e core of this product is Huber's oriented strand board (OSB), which is Structural 1 rat- ed to meet any wind or seismic requirements at Benjamin Obdyke, says installers still can get these basics wrong. "We see that, even today, as exterior foam is becoming more popular," he notes. "It's continuous, it's flat, it's tight up against the wall — it's just less forgiving." MULTI-PRODUCT SYSTEMS One approach envelope-product manufactur- ers are taking is to combine multiple com- ponents into a single, preassembled product, which both ensures consistent air- and mois- ture-barrier performance and minimizes labor needs. Huber's ZIP System R-Sheathing is one example, as it mates envelope protection to otherwise-standard sheathing to create what could be seen as a new product category. "'System approach' is a phrase that's being used a lot, and that's what we're trying to do," Sealock says, describing the theory behind HUBER's ZIP System R-Sheathing adds insulation and an air and moisture barrier to standard OSB sheathing, creating an entire wall assembly that can go up in a single pass. The product family also includes joint tape and liquid-based flashing. Circle 11 on inquiry card QualifiedRemodeler.com QR August 2016 85

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