Hygrothermal Performance of Vented EIFS walls with and without additional water penetration

Achilles Karagiozis & Achilles Karagiozis
In the late 1996 a number of wall moisture induced problems appeared in Wilmington , NC. Initially these failures concentrated on EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finish Systems) walls, while a number of other walls eventually appeared with the same symptoms. Many prohibitive measures were taken that nearly eliminated the use of such walls systems in the New Hanover, NC region for residential construction. As EIFS wall systems have superior thermal performance (exterior foam insulation is used...
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