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Water gets into buildings. It’s an indisputable reality. The effects of inward driven moisture can wreak havoc on the structural integrity, durability and longevity of any building. The aftermath leaves homeowners and property managers struggling to fix problems including rot, mold and mildew. For architects and builders, failing to identify these potential risks and specify solutions to mitigate them can become a significant issue in renovation, as well as in litigation. The marketplace is...

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This builder didn’t CYA, find out what happened. Building failures due to moisture issues have been a common theme in the building industry. Failures in newer buildings often stem from the use of products that lack the capabilities necessary to remove moisture from the wall assembly, causing most issues you see today. Many builders and contractors are realizing it’s better to pay a small upfront cost increase than to have to repair damage down the road. The need to incorporate...

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At Benjamin Obdyke, we’re passionate about protecting homes and buildings from moisture damage – and have been since 1868. In an effort to provide resources to help you Build Better, Benjamin Obdyke will periodically contract testing of our products in certain environments and in conjunction with other products on the market. This information not only helps us improve our own products and practices, but gives us important data to share with you, our customers. Recently we’ve noticed...

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With two major design tours coming to LEAFHouse this fall (DesignDC - 9/25 and Greenbuild – 11/21), the board of the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation (PVAF) has launched a much-needed exterior envelope renovation. A few years ago, foundation and chapter members visiting LEAFHouse began noticing problems with the building envelope, notably siding panels that were cracked, checked, and warped, especially on the southern exposure, some to the point of having cupped as much as an inch or...

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The Seattle construction market has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, significantly increasing jobs and new housing starts. But with less space in the area to build new projects, designers, contractors and builders must be strategic about which projects they take on. Full-scale construction of NetZero homes is an appealing option for many local builders, not only for the chance to work on a sustainable design, but for the ability to set themselves apart in the building community....

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At Benjamin Obdyke, we’re passionate about protecting homes and buildings from moisture damage – and have been since 1868. Using building science as our guide, we develop solutions that allow the owner and building professional to Build Better for the long term, without breaking the bank. With a solid understanding of the differences in the roles and performance characteristics of rainscreen systems and the distinct types of water resistive barriers, making the right product selection can be...

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Our latest video from the Benjamin Obdyke test house features Slicker MAX rainscreen, formerly Home Slicker Stone & Stucco. Slicker MAX is one of four products in our maximum protection system along with our other rainscreens: Slicker HP, Slicker Classic and Home Slicker Plus Typar. Slicker MAX rainscreen (formerly Home Slicker Stone & Stucco) includes a filter fabric, providing enhanced UV and compression resistance. The fabric serves as the “sacrificial layer” in stone or stucco...

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The San Francisco area’s tidal bay, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, is home to some of the country’s most challenging weather. The bayfront village of Sausalito, California endures nightly fog, high humidity and occasional wind-blown rain that can hit buildings sideways. Preventing moisture from accumulating inside buildings and underneath windows, roofs and even siding panels is a challenging task – builders must understand how to effectively manage moisture and which building products to...

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During JLC Live Northeast in March, Matt Risinger stopped by the booth to talk to George Caruso, our product development manager and tech guru, about good, better, best practices when it comes to WRBs. Check out the video below where they discuss how Benjamin Obdyke products such as HydroGap Drainable Housewrap and Slicker Family of Rainscreens help you achieve a small or large gap in your wall assembly. Be sure to follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Mattrisinger.com.

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OneCall Services, a full service home remodeling company based in Lewes, DE, selects HydroGap® Drainable Housewrap as a vital component of large-scale repairs to a Delaware Bay home. The project is the latest example of how local builders and remodelers are adjusting their moisture management plans to include advanced systems that can endure the nation’s most severe weather. The home needing repair is one of many in the Delaware Bay area constantly pummeled by the region’s heavy winter...

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A valuable article in this month’s ProSales Special Report by Charles Wardell addresses the importance of building durable, moisture-resistant buildings. Moisture accounts for about 80% of construction defect litigation, so while lawyers may love the stuff, no one else benefits. In the worst cases, moisture trapped in the framing assembly can lead to rot that weakens the structure and to mold growth that makes a home unlivable. Problems need not be catastrophic to cause major headaches....

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In May’s cover story of JLC, Matt Risinger shares what he’s learned as a builder about keeping water away from walls, and discusses some of the good, better, and best systems currently available which includes using HydroGap Drainable Housewrap. Building science has shown us what to do with water that leaks behind wall claddings. Proper installation of a housewrap—also known as a water-resistive barrier (WRB)—preferably with a rainscreen behind the wall cladding, enables us to build...

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Increasingly, builders, contractors and architects face the need to incorporate good moisture management solutions when designing and building structures to ward off problems such as mold, mildew or structural damage due to improper moisture management. Drainable housewraps address this need by incorporating both a water-resistive layer and a drainage gap, greatly facilitating water drainage from behind the exterior siding. Unlike standard housewraps, which provide only a water-resistive layer...

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The Tiny House movement has taken the nation by storm. Browse the listings of your favorite do-it-yourself channel or magazine and you are sure to come across something regarding the rapidly growing trend. Featuring sustainable building products and minimalist design, tiny houses exhibit how building better doesn’t necessarily mean building bigger. Vera Struck wanted to create a net-zero tiny house learning module exhibit as a model for living a sustainable tiny lifestyle. Called the...

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We’ve told you about Slicker HP, now meet our new and improved Slicker MAX. Slicker MAX rainscreen (formerly Home Slicker Stone & Stucco) includes a filter fabric, providing enhanced UV and compression resistance. The fabric serves as the “sacrificial layer” in stone or stucco applications, preventing mortar from infiltrating the Slicker matrix and blocking drainage and drying capacity. With increased compression resistance, Slicker MAX isn’t just for stone and stucco. Slicker MAX...

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We’ve been hard at work developing our newest addition to the Slicker rainscreen family, Slicker HP. Slicker HP is the first all-in-one moisture management solution to feature a detachable rainscreen AND premium housewrap in a single application. The ability to detach the rainscreen from the housewrap without compromising water holdout simplifies installation and allows installers to use preferred flashing methods. Slicker HP is recommended for use with wood and fiber cement. A 25 year...

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Matt Risinger of Risinger Homes recently featured Cedar Breather and Rapid Ridge 7 on a wood roof renovation project done on a historical house in Austin, Texas. The house, originally built in 1850 by architect Abner Cook, is one of the oldest homes in Austin. Prior to the renovation the house featured an asphalt shingle roof which was not fitting with the style of the home. Check out the video below to see Matt’s best practices and intricacies for installing a wood shingle roof. About...

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Lots of housewrap manufacturers emphasize the importance of vapor permeability related to their products. Vapor permeability is an important characteristic in choosing a housewrap. If water vapor escapes the interior conditioned space or liquid water gets behind the housewrap from the exterior, the permeability of the housewrap protects the sheathing. It allows for water vapor to escape through the exterior of the housewrap. But what does Vapor Permeability mean? Permeability measures the...

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The main purpose of attic ventilation is to rid the attic of moisture. If moist air remains in the attic it can degrade the roof structure and contribute to moisture issues. Additionally, attic ventilation can help remove hot air in the summer and maintain cooler roof deck temperatures in the winter; which helps to control ice damming. A well-insulated and well ventilated attic is essential to energy efficiency. It seems counter-intuitive to insulate the attic and then cut holes, allowing air...

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Scott Wells, a THISisCarpentry contributor, recently installed HydroGap Drainable Housewrap on one of his customer’s homes. With the new code requirement in Oregon to have a 75% drainage rate in your wall assembly, he’s started seeing new drain wrap products in his market. He chose to use HydroGap because of the 1mm spacers that create a drainage gap, eliminating moisture from the wall. Also, being a 5 foot wide roll, it’s easy to install with just one person. Check out how Scott...

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As more states adopt the IECC 2012 standards, we’ve received an increased amount of questions related to the use of Obdyke’s moisture management solutions in these applications. Check out the video below to understand how Home Slicker and HydroGap can be installed in a wall with exterior rigid foam. <p>

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We traveled back to Massachusetts and the Westford Symposium on Building Science, as hosted by Building Science Corporation and Dr. Joe Lstiburek. This was the 18th year for the conference and as we heard from many of the original participants, the attendance landscape has changed vastly from days of an elite few building scientists discussing the minutia of building science, to today including Architects, Builders, HVAC, Plumbing and Structural Engineers, Green Building Consultants and the...

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Jul 9
2014

Doing More Matters

Why doing more than just the minimum matters. All too often we hear in the field, “If it meets code, it’s fine,” or “I don’t see the value in paying a premium for something inside the walls,” or even “the cladding is water tight, I’ll never have a problem, the housewrap doesn’t matter.” As you know, a water resistive barrier is more than just a water barrier; it helps to maintain the structural integrity of the wall. If it fails, the entire wall fails. Surfactants, or...

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Green Builder asked and you answered! Our HydroGap drainable housewrap was voted as one of this year’s top green building wraps! Thank you to all of our loyal customers who recognize our products help you Build Better. Source: GreenBuilder, March 2014

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Carl Seville, A well-respected building scientist discusses why he uses Home Slicker in conjunction with the Huber Zip System in this article. Source: Remodeling: Three Good and (Sometimes) Green Products

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Michael Anschel, CEO of Verified Green and Carl Seville, owner of Seville Consulting are the Green Police at GreenBuild. In this series they scoured the exhibit floor at the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on the hunt for products you can truly call “green”. Carl and Michael discuss the importance of weatherizing structures and search to find their favorite ventilated rain screens. In this video, they check out HydroGap Drainable Housewrap and HomeSlicker Rainscreen...

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When Scott Campbell of Maine Mountain Post & Beam builds something, he does it with careful forethought and intense preparation. From repairing and reassembling antique barns to custom cutting a new timber frame, each building has it’s unique needs to consider. So when he finally decided to put up a timber frame for himself as a shop he made sure to research each and every aspect of the building. Located in the western mountains of Maine, weather is always an issue. Scott was sure he...

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Nestled in the town of Westerly, Rhode Island is a small beachfront community called Weekapaug. A lesser-known New England gem, Weekapaug, which is a Native American word meaning “end of pond,” has many private roads running through it, large saltwater ponds and is open to the Atlantic Ocean. For more than 100 years, summer cottages have decorated the areas landscape and today the area boasts some of the most beautiful residences in New England. One such home, the Kelly residence, is...

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by Sean O’Neill, Marketing Coordinator at Benjamin Obdyke House wrap. How do you choose the right house wrap when there are so many product specs to consider? What does “perms” mean? Why should any of us care? Perforated vs. non-perforated? Spare me, you say! Some of us just want to know what housewrap is the right housewrap for our projects, and a little bit about “why.” So, with that said, where do we begin? Without further ado, here are the top 4 factors you should always...

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Green has certainly gotten a bad taste in people’s mouths over the last few years. Whether it is consumer packaging or the construction industry, an unpolished green-washing has lingered over many parts of many industries; however, it does not need to be that way. The term Green literally comes with many definitions, but one stands out with particular precedence: “made with little environmental harm and produced in an environmentally and ecologically friendly way, e.g. by using renewable...

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Home Slicker And Cedar Breather Fans: We Want You! Build BetterTM isn’t just a philosophy at Benjamin Obdyke—it is a way of life. We develop, support and offer products for our fans that will help them. And we immerse ourselves in the understanding of their many uses. Two of more popular product lines have served a multitude of functions both relevant to the building industry and not. These products, Cedar Breather® and Home Slicker®, are known by many names—wall breather, vent mats,...

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What Is Green Building And How Can A Person Build A Green Home? In essence, part of green building – or sustainable building – means using materials in such a way that people can live well without harm to the environment. Building a green home may include using reclaimed, rapidly renewable, and widely abundant building materials. Using Reclaimed Materials Go green by using reclaimed materials. Not only can decorative items and furniture be reclaimed, but there is a huge demand for...

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Philadelphia-Area Builder Sees Rainscreen Wall Construction As Solution. Imagine the shock a homeowner experiences when he or she discovers that the new, multi-million-dollar home they purchased less than 10 years ago is riddled with damage caused by water intrusion behind the stucco or manufactured stone exterior. More and more such homes built just a short time ago – using the best building practices known at the time – are experiencing problems with moisture trapped behind the exterior...

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Developer Goes ‘Extra Mile’ With Addition Of Rainscreen System To Home. Chad Ludeman, founder of the development company Postgreen, has achieved his goal of building a new, LEED Platinum home in Philadelphia for only $100,000 by keeping the design basic and the building technologies green. A key green aspect of the design that will contribute to the home’s sustainability is an exterior wall assembly that includes structured insulated panels (SIPs), fiber cement siding, and a vented...

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