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Title: Contributing to Net Zero Building: High Energy Efficient EIFS Wall Systems

The team led by Dow Corning collaborated to increase the thermal performance of exterior insulation and finishing systems (EIFS) to reach R-40 performance meeting the needs for high efficiency insulated walls. Additionally, the project helped remove barriers to using EIFS on retrofit commercial buildings desiring high insulated walls. The three wall systems developed within the scope of this project provide the thermal performance of R-24 to R-40 by incorporating vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) into an expanded polystyrene (EPS) encapsulated vacuum insulated sandwich element (VISE). The VISE was incorporated into an EIFS as pre-engineered insulation boards. The VISE is installed using typical EIFS details and network of trained installers. These three wall systems were tested and engineered to be fully code compliant as an EIFS and meet all of the International Building Code structural, durability and fire test requirements for a code compliant exterior wall cladding system. This system is being commercialized under the trade name Dryvit® Outsulation® HE system. Full details, specifications, and application guidelines have been developed for the system. The system has been modeled both thermally and hygrothermally to predict condensation potential. Based on weather models for Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Phoenix, AZ; andmore » Seattle, WA; condensation and water build up in the wall system is not a concern. Finally, the team conducted a field trial of the system on a building at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station which is being redeveloped by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (Brunswick, Maine). The field trial provided a retrofit R-30 wall onto a wood frame construction, slab on grade, 1800 ft2 building, that was monitored over the course of a year. Simultaneous with the façade retrofit, the building’s windows were upgraded at no charge to this program. The retrofit building used 49% less natural gas during the winter of 2012 compared to previous winters. This project achieved its goal of developing a system that is constructible, offers protection to the VIPs, and meets all performance targets established for the project.« less
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  1. Dow Corning Corporation
  2. Dryvit Systems, Inc
  3. Fraunhofer USA, Inc. CSE
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Technical Report
Research Org:
Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, MI
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE; USDOE EE Office of Building Technologies (EE-2J)
Contributing Orgs:
Dow Corning Corporation; Dryvit Systems, Inc.; Fraunhofer USA, Inc. CSE
Country of Publication:
United States
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; Vacuum Insulated Sandwich Element (VISE); NFPA 285; NFPA 268; ASTM E330; ASTM E119; Dryvit; Dow Corning; Exterior Façade Retrofit; Deep Energy Retrofit; R-30 wall; ASTM C1363; Hot Box testing; vacuum insulation panels; VIP; exterior insulation and finish systems; EIFS; high efficiency wall; retrofit; building envelope; net zero building