Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) have been approved for inclusion in the 2009 International Building Code and International Residential Code (IBC/IRC). This news, announced during the recent International Code Council Annual Meeting and Final Action Hearings, follows results of a recent exterior cladding study by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (Read the DOE summary here)
The findings demonstrate that EIFS (including EIFS with drainage) perform better than brick, stucco and cement fiber siding for achieving the key building performance goals of energy efficiency, temperature control and moisture control in mixed, coastal, Zone 3 climates.
For information, see the EIFS Industry Members Association Web site at www.eima.com