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Solving the Building Envelope Challenge

Today, solutions for the building envelope need to meet exacting standards on two equally important fronts – long-term performance and enduring aesthetic appeal. In this article, CENTRIA demonstrates how its products meet the standard in two different scenarios – construction of a new hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, and the addition to a popular museum in Pittsburgh. 



75 Top Products

Top Building Envelope Products for 2019

Sto's beetle-inspired exterior coating and Dörken Systems' UV-resistant vapor-permeable barrier are among the 28 new building envelope products to make Building Design+Construction's 2019 101 Top Products report. 

| Oct 5, 2021

Weather barrier protects Brooklyn high-rise from the elements

The building team for the 20-story 22 Chapel Street project selects GP DensElement and DensDefy to ensure the building withstands the extremes of New York weather.

75 Top Products | Dec 16, 2019

101 Top Products for 2019

Building Design+Construction readers and editors select their top building products for the past 12 months in the fourth-annual 101 Top Products report.

75 Top Products | Dec 12, 2019

Top Building Envelope Products for 2019

Sto's beetle-inspired exterior coating and Dörken Systems' UV-resistant vapor-permeable barrier are among the 28 new building envelope products to make Building Design+Construction's 2019 101 Top Products report. 

Moisture Control/Building Envelope | George DuBose, CGC; Richard Scott, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP; and Donald B. Snell, PE, Cert. Mech. Contractor, CIEC Dec 13, 2017

Campus community management firms, beware!

An increasing number of legacy buildings, including aging student housing complexes, are experiencing water intrusion and mold-related damage that can be traced back to fundamental design and construction defects.

| Jun 13, 2017

Accelerate Live! talk: Next-gen materials for the built environment, Blaine Brownell, Transmaterial

Architect and materials guru Blaine Brownell reveals emerging trends and applications that are transforming the technological capacity, environmental performance, and design potential of architecture.
| Jan 28, 2016

AIA CES class: The rainscreen approach to a better building envelope

Building envelope expert Bradley Carmichael of Hoffmann Architects explains how rainscreen wall systems work and evaluates the effectiveness of various rain-control methods, including mass walls, perfect barriers, and masonry veneers. This AIA/CES class is worth 1.0 learning unit.

| Mar 20, 2014

Common EIFS failures, and how to prevent them

Poor workmanship, impact damage, building movement, and incompatible or unsound substrate are among the major culprits of EIFS problems. 

| Mar 4, 2014

How EIFS came to America

Design experts from Hoffmann Architects offer a brief history of exterior insulation and finish systems in the U.S.

| Sep 15, 2013

How to build a rainscreen using fiber cement panels - AIA/CEU course

This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion and explain how fiber cement panels can be used as a rain screen to reduce moisture build-up, rotting interior walls, and mold growth.

| May 3, 2013

5 common failures in paints and coatings

As experienced designers, contractors, and owners know, most paint and coating problems are correctable, but some are especially stubborn to address. Here is a partial compendium of typical failure modes and methods for addressing the problem.


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