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Title: Evaluating an Exterior Insulation and Finish System for Deep Energy Retrofits

Exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) are proprietary synthetic formulations that are applied to the exterior walls of buildings to serve as insulation and exterior cladding. The insulation thickness can vary from less than one inch to a foot or more. In this project the applicability of EIFS for residential deep energy retrofits was investigated through modeling and a case study home. The home was retrofitted using a site-applied four-inch-thick EIFS. Site-specific details were developed as required for the residential retrofit application. Site work and the costs of the EIFS system were documented. The demonstration home was modeled using Building Energy Optimization energy and cost analysis software to explore cost effectiveness of various EIFS insulation thicknesses in two climate locations.
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  1. ARIES Collaborative, New York, NY (United States)
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Technical Report
Research Org:
ARIES Collaborative, New York, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
Country of Publication:
United States
residential; Residential Buildings; ARIES; Building America; deep energy retrofit; EIFS; exterior insulation and finish system; energy modeling; energy efficiency; air tightness; blower door test