Building Envelope

From insulation and flashing to exterior sheathing, it’s essential that the envelope of any home be tight, strong, and efficient. Find the latest technology for sturdy, dry, and energy-efficient homes here.

Knauff eco batt insulation


EcoBatt insulation bonds glass fibers using a thermosetting plant-derived resin, resulting in a formaldehyde-free product. Low-dust, clean-cutting fibers encourage faster, cleaner installation, and the product can be used in wood- or metal-frame construction. It’s available unfaced or with kraft, foil, or flame-rated foil facings.

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Jun 20, 2019
Boise Cascade engineered lumber

Boise Cascade says its Versa-Stud laminated veneer lumber is engineered for builders who want strong, stiff, and straight walls.

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Jun 13, 2019

The manufacturer’s architectural-grade zinc cladding can be used on walls and roofs. Ranging in style from Classic bright rolled, PrePatina blue-gray, and ArtColor in an array of colors, the product is self-healing, low-maintenance, and corrosion resistant. It has a potential lifespan of 100 years or more, the company says.

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May 30, 2019
Laura Britt Design home

Opting for a carport rather than a garage ensures noxious fumes remain outside the house. / Photos: Leonid Furmansk

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Mar 14, 2019
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