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From Tyvek to Siga: The Evolution of Weather-Resistive Barriers

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 26, 2013 01:01 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Jun 25, 2013

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights We’ve come a long way from the early Tyvek housewrap; our experience with the German Pro Clima Solitex weather-resistive barrier Pro Clima Solitex weather-resistive barrier installed on our home. Click to enlarge. Photo Credit: Alex Wilson I remember years ago—I hate to remember how many; it must have been around 1982 or 1983—writing for New England Builder (now the Journal of Light Construction ) about Tyvek housewrap . It was then a fairly new product—and really a new idea: a material that would wrap over the outside of a house to provide an air barrier and improve energy performance.   Tyvek wasn’t actually new in the early 1980s—it was invented by DuPont in 1955 and first commercialized in 1967—but it was new enough in the building industry that two technical experts from DuPont trekked up to Vermont to give me a dog-and-pony show about it. New England Builder was gaining a reputation as a leading purveyor of practical, on-the-ground information for builders, and DuPont wanted to get the message out. read more






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