DON’T COMPROMISE R-VALUES!

A leaky enclosure can decrease insulation effectiveness by a factor of 4.8 – making a 500 sf leaky building require the same amount of heating as a 2,400 sf airtight building.

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after

Source: Study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, in Stuttgart.

MANAGE VAPOR DIFFUSION

Water intrusion from just a small air leak can be up to 90 times greater than the water that would normally diffuse through gypsum board into the enclosure.

vapor diffusion

air leakage

Source: Building Science Corporation paper RR-0412: Insulations, Sheathings and Vapor Retarders.