High Performance Cladding System

by Rob Petit, Associate Editor

Dryvit Systems' Outsulation X is a high performance cladding system that provides 39 percent greater energy efficiency and 36 percent better impact resistance than similar EPS-based wall systems. At its heart, Outsulation X incorporates 2-inches of DOW XNERGY™ rigid insulation into a system that provides an air and water-resistive barrier, exterior continuous insulation, and an attractive, impact resistant finished appearance.

The system has been designed to enable a single trained sub-contractor to install Outsulation X as an engineered, fully tested, code-compliant system. Dryvit Outsulation X is suitable for new construction and renovation, and meets both current and proposed ASHRAE design standards and IGCC/IECC code requirements for the use of exterior continuous insulation. Dryvit warranties will cover the entire wall system.

“Dow Building Solutions is excited to team up with Dryvit in providing DOW XNERGY™ insulation, a key component of the Outsulation X system, to help meet the higher demands for energy efficient solutions,” said Michael Kontranowski, Strategic Marketing Director, Dow Building Solutions.

“As building codes and the cost of energy increase, continuous insulation systems will continue to play a key role in minimizing energy costs and reducing green house gas emissions, while improving the overall comfort of buildings,” Kontranowski continued. “This initiative exemplifies how manufacturers can work together to deliver solutions that help increase the energy efficiency and long-term sustainability of buildings and improve our planet now and for future generations.” 

According to Tony Stall, Dryvit Vice President of Marketing and Sustainability, the energy-efficient Outsulation X system can reduce project requirements for concrete, structural steel, and HVAC, as well as shorten the overall construction schedule. “By combining these and the energy savings accumulated over the lifetime of the building, Outsulation X more than validates its value proposition as a truly sustainable, high performance cladding.”  

Dryvit Outsulation X is suitable for new construction and renovation, and meets both current and proposed ASHRAE design standards and IGCC/IECC code requirements for the use of exterior continuous insulation.  

www.dryvit.com • 800-556-7752

Case History:
SIPs Deliver Winter Surprise
for Unsuspecting Owner

When Terry Schroth decided to have his new HVAC, plumbing maintenance and repair building constructed with SIPs, he had no idea what would happen on the night of Thursday, January 13, 2011. Schroth had been interested in the long-term benefits of SIPs, but as fate would have it, he reaped substantial rewards on a very cold night in January before the building was finished.

That particular night the temperature dropped down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The hydronic heating system had not yet been installed. Schroth was understandably worried that his paint and drywall interior finish work would be damaged by the extreme cold. All he could do was plug in two small 1500-watt space heaters – one in the 50 by 40 shop with 12 ft ceilings, and the other in a smaller office – and hope for the best.

On Monday morning Schroth visited the structure to assess the damage.To his surprise, the thermometer inside the 2000 sq ft shop area read 60p. No damage had been done to any of the finish work or equipment. “This is amazing—if you can understand the size of this space and these were ‘milk house' heaters – just little things. Our electrician was blown away that such a small amount of heat was needed to keep this space at 60 degrees through the winter,” said Schroth. “The SIP walls are phenomenal!”

According to contractor Gary Sutton of Sutton Construction, the building envelope uses R-Control SIPs, and the only opening in the shop area was a CHI 3216 10' x 12'garage door. “This was our first R-Control SIP project yet we were able to erect all of the panels in 36 man-hours,” he said. “My electrician was amazed at how easy it was to snake the flexible conduit through the precut electrical chases in the SIPs,” said Sutton.

Frank Kiesecker, of ACH Foam Technologies, manufacturer of R-Control SIPs, reminds builders to pre-plan for electrical and equipment needs when building with sips. “During the design phase it's extremely beneficial to pre-plan for electrical chases,” explains Kiesecker. “Since SIP panels are manufactured to meet the project's specifications, it's important to plan for electrical chases in advance to prevent time-consuming and costly changes for modifications during installation.For example, SIP facings should never be cut horizontally for the installation of electrical wiring. Cutting the SIPs will result in compromising the structural performance. Also, during the design phase, it's important to determine whether there are any equipment needs for the installation of the panels. If the project specifies roof panels or wall and floor panels larger than 8' x 8' in size, equipment such as a forklift or crane may be needed to install the SIPs.”

Schroth noted that Gary Sutton had performed a great deal of research on green building materials at the outset. As a consequence, Sutton suggested they use R-Control SIPs because of SIPs' superior insulative qualities, as well as the expected savings in material waste and labor costs. “I agreed with him. Nothing like a cold night in January to show me I had made a good decision,” remarked Schroth. “When we get the solar installed and hydronic heating system operating, this will be a truly green building. That makes me feel good—and it will cut down my energy costs over the long-run. I can also let people know that TJ's Maintenance and Repair, Inc. of Morrison, Illinois is a green business.”

www.r-control.com • 952-892-0809

New Metallic Coating for EIFS Walls

StoCoat Metallic is a new finish for the StoTherm®NExT EIFS system, and it incorporates mica, metallic particles and pigments into a high-performance coating that creates the look of a substantive metal surface. StoCoat Metallic is available in 10 standard colors, and additional custom colors available to ensure the aesthetic fit for any project design.

StoCoat Metallic is specifically formulated for application with StoTherm NExT, but it can also be used on most other properly prepared interior or exterior surfaces such as concrete, masonry and gypsum wallboard.

According to Bryce Brandon, Market Manager for Sto Corporation, StoCoat Metallic and StoTherm NExT are designed to serve as an integrated, single-source system with a myriad of design options. “Studies conducted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have proven that EIFS is one of the best performing exterior claddings,” he said. “StoCoat Metallic gives any building design the visual impact of metal.”

The addition of StoCoat Metallic to Sto's existing EIFS products creates a complete wall system from a single manufacturer offering one comprehensive warranty.

www.stocorp.com • 221-2397


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