Presenter: Amy Wylie, Bayer MaterialScience/Penn State Consortium

In order to achieve the required airtight envelope, commercial buildings with masonry facades in Climate Zones 4 and 5 are faced with the decision between vapor-permeable or impermeable insulation, as well as whether retrofits are needed to implement continuous insulation instead of conventional discontinuous insulation. Improper insulation and disregard for air and moisture transfer through a masonry wall system can lead to faster deterioration of brick and poor thermal performance. The goal of this project is to develop effective, energy-efficient retrofit solutions for building envelopes that can then be deployed to the commercial retrofit market and provide substantial energy and cost savings.

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