Ribbit Review Archive

Ribbit Review Nov 110917 Page 1Ribbit Review Special Edition: Taming the Rain and Surviving Irma

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Fall 2017

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Summer 2017

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Summer 2017

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  • Website Menu Updates
  • Submittal Packages
  • Product Page Updates

 


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  • VaproShield wins prestigious award
  • NEW! Product: VaproShim SA Self-Adhered
  • Upcoming Trade Shows
  • Industry News

Newsletter ribbit review 100516 Page 1Fall 2016

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Summer 2016

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Spring 2016 - Special EditionNewsletter ribbit review 051816

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  • WrapShield SA Self-Adhered system obtains Declare Label

 

 


Spring 2016Newsletter ribbit review 030816 Page 1

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  • New VaproSystem Accessories: VaproShim and VaproMat
    • Projects installed in various weather conditions
    • VaproShield on the Move: Upcoming Tradeshows

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  • “Insight Flow-Through Assemblies"

Fall 2015

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Highlights:

  • VaproAirBarrier System
    • Key Air Barrier Questions and Answers
    • WrapShield SA Outperforms Competitors

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  • NFPA 285 Substitutions are Acceptable
  • All VaproShield Membranes are non-asphaltic and have a Class A Fire Rating

Summer 2015

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Highlights:

  • WrapShield RS Rain Screen Launched
    • WRB/AB with built-in rain screen drainage matrix and integrated tape
    • No messy, sticky, weather sensitive primers required
    • Phase construction friendly install in temperatures as low as 20˚F
    • No change to design or installation required

Spring 2015

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Highlights:

  • VaproShield Membranes Approved by ABAA
    • WrapShield SA Self-Adhered and RevealShield SA Self-Adhered approved
    • Category had to be created to accommodate VaproShield's innovative products

Ribbit Resource:

  • In Case You Missed It
    • Highlights of our most popular Ribbit Resource Articles

Fall 2014

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  • Building Envelope Solutions for Prefab/Modular Construction
    • VaproShield: Chosen for Modular Post-Disaster Housing Units
    • VaproShield Participates in First Prefab Micro Housing Project
    • Stacking Up
    • Hill 7 – Field and Off Site Prefab

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  • Pitfalls of Tape Applied After the WRB is Installed
    • Horizontal taped seams create reverse lap, allowing moisture intrusion.
    • Tape installed in dirty or wrinkled membranes does not adhere.
    • Tape installed carelessly over fasteners prevents a full seal.

But, VaproShield membrane systems solve these issues.


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Highlights:

  • RevealShield SA Self-Adhered Launched
    • Only a single layer is required behind open joint cladding
    • No messy, sticky, weather sensitive primers required
    • Phase construction friendly install in temperatures as low as 20˚F

 


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  • VaproShield: Proven Performance, Proven Green
    • VaproShield products used in Living Building Challenge for renewable design
    • VaproShield membranes contribute to LEED Platinum status for The National Renewable Energy Lab
    • WrapShield used in Net Zero Energy home
    • VaproShield Membrane Defeats Construction Delays

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  • VaproShield Performs to the "World's Most Rigorous Green Building Performance Standard"
    • VaproShield membranes are free of all Red List chemicals.
    • Features 7 key performance areas, or "Petals". Criteria are: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity, and Beauty, which determine overall sustainability

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  • VaproShield Membranes Perform In Extreme Weather
    • WrapShield SA withstands Minnesota's coldest December in 41 years
    • Norton Sound Hospital in Nome, Alaska installed WrapShield SA in 0˚F temperatures
    • Waterfront Station in Yukon Territory, Canada uses VaproShield in volatile climate
    • WrapShield SA withstands Hurricane Sandy without any signs of damage

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  • Impermeable Self-Adhered Flashing Prevents Outward Drying – Excerpts from blog entry via Built Environments
    • Blog entry features images displaying moisture penetration problems and diagrams explaining moisture and vapor movement between exterior, cladding, sheathing, and wall cavity.

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Highlights:

  • Major Construction Projects Trust VaproShield Membranes
    • $415 million Music City Center in Nashville, TN trusts VaproShield to protect their investment
    • WrapShield SA used on 56 steel and concrete prefabricated modules in the unique, seven-story, 28 unit apartment building known as "The Stack".

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  • What is NFPA 285?
    • NFPA 285 evaluates the vertical and horizontal spread of fire away from the point of origin. During the 30-minute test, temperatures are monitored throughout the wall using dozens of thermocouples embedded in the insulated wall panel. Exterior face, core, air cavity, and interior temperatures at various levels throughout the wall assembly are recorded.

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  • VaproShield Launches RevealShield for Open Joint Cladding Systems
    • Single Layer = Less Material Costs and Installation Time
    • Reduce Contractor Liability
    • Install Year Round
  • Reduce Installation Time by using all VaproShield components
    • VaproBatten, RevealFlashing, and VaproLiqui-Flash work in unison saving valuable installation time, reducing contractor liability, and offering more design opportunities

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  • Water Intrusion Problems – Excerpts from "Rainscreen Description Manual" by Building Envelope Engineering (BEE)
    • Window and flashing details vital, as these are the most common areas for leaks
    • Many residential and commercial buildings suffer water intrusion problems, hidden by cladding
    • Rain Screen Design can be used for new construction projects or retrofit to mitigate liability

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  • VaproShield Launches WrapShield with Integrated Tape
    • Easier to seal horizontal seams and create necessary shingle effect
    • Minimizes labor for installation
    • Allows vapor moisture to escape
    • Tape can with stand extreme temperatures
  • VaproLiqui-Flash launched
    • Bonds without primers to VaproShield membranes and most common wall substrates
    • Creates monolithic, waterproof surface while remaining permeable to water vapor.

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  • ASTM E2357
    • ASTM E2357 Standard Test Method for Determining Air Leakage of Air Barrier Assemblies measures performance of an assembled system, rather than the amount of air leakage through a single component
    • Rigorous test that includes extreme wind gust load conditions

Newsletter Feb2012 022812 Page 1Winter 2012

Highlights:

  • Profiles of Major Projects
    • Music City Center uses over 400,000 Sq.Ft. of WrapShield SA on $415 million project
    • Radisson BLU hotel uses 92,000 Sq.Ft. of WrapShield SA in harsh Minnesota winter weather.
    • SlopeShield used in restoration of 77 year old Peabody Opera House

Ribbit Resource:

  • Four Ways Water Moves In/Out of Buildings
  1. Bulk Water (i.e. rain, runoff) is driven by gravity, wind, and pressure differences. It is managed by moving water down, off, and away from the building.
  2. Capillary water moves under tension through porous building materials or through narrow channels between building materials, which act like straws. The primary defenses are capillary breaks in appropriate locations.
  3. Air-transported moisture is carried into or out of buildings by air leaks. Air moves through holes in the building envelope, propelled by pressure differences. Air-transported moisture is managed by preventing air leakage with a continuous air barrier.
  4. Vapor diffusion is the movement of water as a gas through material according to differences in relative humidity or vapor pressure.

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Highlights:

  • VaproShield Launches SlopeShield SA Water-Resistive, Vapor Permeable Roof Underlayment
    • Zero VOC's
    • High Vapor Permeance
    • Water Resistive
    • Low Temperature Application
    • No Primer Required
    • No Tapes or Mechanical Fasteners

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  • Air Barriers Reduce Energy Costs
    • A study conducted by National Institute of Standards and Technology and backed by the US Dept. of Commerce, on the financial impact of air leakage and the operation of the building's mechanical systems concluded air barriers save money and reduce energy consumption by as much as 40% per year over the life of the building.

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Highlights:

  • VaproShield Launches VaproCaps
    • Preformed head caps with a center throat hole, sealing the membrane at fastener penetration.
    • Designed and tested to withstand wind loads and protect against water intrusion at screw penetraions

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  • Managing the Stack Effect
    • Stack Effect is caused by rising warm moist air, contributes to air infiltration or air leakage through holes at the base of buildings and air exfiltration at the top of the building
    • Studies have shown moisture laden air is the primary cause of condensation forming within building assemblies

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Highlights:

  • VaproShield Launches WrapShield SA Self-Adhered
    • No Primer Required
    • Contributes to LEED certification
    • Passed Air Barrier ASTM E 2357.05 as per Air Barrier Association of America
    • 20 year Warranty
    • 6 months UV and Climate Exposure

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  • Why Should I Care About Perms and Permeability?
    • Proper building envelope design promotes continual drying by allowing vapor to escape
    • Membranes with high perm value reduce risk of condensation, promote escape of moisture, and help building "dry-out" during the construction phase.