Thermal & Moisture Control

PINK Next Gen Fiberglas

Pink is the New Pink

The advanced fiber technology of PINK Next Gen Fiberglas creates a tightly woven network of soft, fine fibers that form a super-resilient blanket of insulating micro-pockets. Leveraging several new technology innovations, the new product is safe for installers and residents and faster to install than competitive insulation products and spray foam insulation. Because no hazardous chemicals are required to be mixed on the install site, there is less potential for human error, increasing peace of mind for contractors and residents. The product is designed to meet building codes and help professionals manage tight labor timelines and budgets.Judge’s Comment: “From its renewable energ

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UniverSILL

Insert Here

UniverSILL, a flexible sill insert, allows for a fast weather performance upgrade of NanaWall low-profile saddle sills. Its design replicates the innovative NanaWall Hybrid Sill—which is a cross-between a raised and low-profile saddle sill. When installed, UniverSILL offers near raised sill weather performance. ADA-compliant.Judge’s Comment: “Improves a consistent problem of weather-proofing at doors.”

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TandoStone Architectural Sill

Beauty and Brains

Tando introduces Architectural Sill and Architectural Sill Corner to lighten the labor load and make it easier to get a stone look using regular carpentry tools. It features a forward slope to direct water away from the structure, offering superior moisture management. Lightweight and easy to cut, the products can be installed by one-person using standard tools. Architectural Sill Corner can be used as a corner, or builders can cut the pieces on the left or right side to act as an end cap to terminate a run. With the realistic look and feel of natural stone, Architectural Sill delivers beauty and functionality.Judge’s Comment: “A seamless transition from foundation to window.&rdq

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SlopeShield Plus SA Self-Adhered

Vapor Sandwich Elimination

SlopeShield Plus Self-Adhered (SA) is a highly vapor-permeable roofing underlayment air barrier (AB) material. As an air barrier membrane product, SlopeShield Plus SA stops the movement of air, eliminating damaging moisture transferred by air, and maximizes energy savings while meeting energy code requirements. As a vapor permeable membrane (30 perms) product, it allows the remaining vapor to escape the roof assembly through diffusion. The combined unique features allow the creation of a “self-drying roof,” eliminating a troubling phenomenon called the “vapor sandwich,” when moisture becomes trapped in the roofing assembly.Judge’s Comment: “Good thermal/mo

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Side-by-Side Comparison in Efficiency

Minnesota is hitting new heights when it comes to green energy standards. The state’s first-ever Passive House multifamily development, Hook & Ladder Apartments, opened October 2019 in northeast Minneapolis. It is set to prove just how much of a difference Passive House construction can make in operations cost and occupant comfort compared to buildings designed to conventional energy codes.To create a real-time project demo, lhb Architects designed the complex as a side-by-side experiment with two adjacent, nearly identical apartment buildings. One set of the look alike apartment buildings is built to state energy code specifications, the other to the Passive House Institute U.S. (

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Winter-Proof Walls

Winters in Traverse City can be brutal, so when planning its proposed four-story, 47,000-sq.-ft. Trailside45 apartment building in the northern Michigan town, owner, developer, contractor and operator, Westwind Construction, knew it needed a durable, energy-efficient exterior wall system that would also be attractive and easy to maintain. At first, the company tried life-sized samples of a stenciled brick design for the exterior wall. That didn’t achieve the look the design team wanted, so it explored other options.“We envisioned a modern, contemporary design and wanted a versatile exterior appearance, using as many textures as possible to provide exterior character,” said

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Resilient Rain Screens

The LP WeatherLogic brand of moisture-management products features an integrated water-resistive barrier system. It is available as a synthetic polymer based screen that can be used with OSB and a WRB house wrap or in conjunction with an integrated panel to maximize the moisture protection of a home, potentially extending the life of the exterior surfaces by adding increased ventilation and drainage. Easy-to-install, its mold-resistive screen works well with all other LP structural products.  

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Room & Board, Denver, Co

Flagship Store a Smooth Operator

For the flagship store in Denver, the architects wanted an ultra-smooth finish to keep reveals and breaks to a minimum, yet that would not neglect energy performance and resiliency. Room & Board desired a façade with a smooth finish—a challenge in this case, in that walls were planned as single monoliths, meaning no cracks or breaks could be visible in this minimalist vision. The owners, along with Roth & Sheppard Architects, Hyder Construction, and Monarch Stucco got together to plan. To ensure they could achieve the desired smoothness, the team created a mock-up and refinished it several times to get the quality and finish desired. Extra time was spent to QA/QC the substrate

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Support Group

KarrierPanel is a universal barrier wall alternative to traditional multi-component wall systems, supporting secondary rainscreens systems such as metal or brick façades. The units use Kingspan’s fully engineered KarrierRail to securely and safely transmit loads from a wide range of façade options to the structural supports behind the insulated panel. The system employs QuadCore Technology, Kingspan’s self-blended hybrid insulation core.

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Lit Up and Leak-Free

LIGHTWALL 3440 vertical wall panels can extend up to 54-ft. long. The translucent polycarbonate panels provide energy savings via daylighting, outstanding insulation value and the absence of leak-prone horizontal joints. Tongue-and-groove joinery provides a clean appearance without the need for vertical framing.

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