With rising concerns over global warming and energy efficiency, construction materials like EIFS (“stucco”) and ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) have become increasingly popular. Both incorporate varying thicknesses of insulation to decrease the amount of heat lost (during the winter) or gained (during the summer), thereby lowering the amount of heat that needs to be generated/removed. [...]
The National Research Council of Canada released a report last month covering a study of various tests done using wood frame stucco construction and vapour barriers. ABSTRACT: This paper investigates the role of the vapor barrier in exterior wood-frame stucco walls with the help of a two dimensional hygrothermal simulation tool, hygIRC-2D. For this purpose, [...]
The results of a Phase II U.S Depart of Energy study on EIFS (synthetic stucco) have been provided, and confirm what building professionals have known for years: EIFS insulates walls and manages moisture better than alternative building products including hardiboard, brick and (traditional) stucco. The study was done over the course of 3 years in [...]
EIFS differs from traditional Stucco (plaster) in that it is applied using different materials — in multiple layers, providing greater flexibility and benefits.