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