Eric K. Olson presented, “Strategies for Energy-Efficient and Fire-Resistant Building Enclosure Details,” at the RCI 30th International Convention & Trade Show on 9 March, 2105 in San Antonio, Texas. The presentation and paper were coauthored by Andrew E. Jeffrey and Brian Kuhn.
Energy conservation codes and sustainable building practices often require building enclosures to have continuous insulation for increased energy efficiency. Recent code updates include more stringent fire-resistant requirements for many popular exterior wall products. The presenters will review requirements for continuous insulation, placement of vapor retarders and air barriers, and the effects of thermal bridges. The speakers will identify common paths of thermal loss through building enclosures and discuss mitigation of condensation-susceptible details, methods to improve enclosure details by use of thermal models, and strategies to achieve compliance with new fire-related building code requirements for building enclosures.