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A Living Lab Explores New Methods for Project Sustainability

GCP Living Lab Explorers
June 6, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

By Connected World. 

Eco-friendly buildings are a hot topic in construction. Join Connected World’s Living Lab as they make their attempt to build a sustainable home.  

A version of this article was first written and published by Connected World. 

At first glance, this house might look ordinary, but take a moment to really examine it. On closer inspection, this house is one of the first steps toward a cleaner, sustainable future. Leading this journey is tech expert Peggy Smedley and her husband David. Their goal: to build a home that is sustainable, durable and a model for effective homebuilding practices.  

From the Ground Up: Project Sustainability Living Lab home leverages the best building materials and innovative solutions. Case in point: VYCOR® enV-S™ from GCP (a Saint-Gobain company), which is self-adhering weather resistive barrier that provides an advanced alternative to house wraps. This is a highly durable membrane that directly adheres to the sheathing, avoiding the tears and costly reworks commonly associated with traditional house wraps. 

The benefits here are clear. The wall is protected from water damage and the jobsite looks neat, sealed, and attractive even during construction. What’s more, it offers an air-tight, breathable home that is able to achieve high performance. The goal is to help the Living Lab ultimately build a more energy-efficient and better house. It does not require taping of seams or other special joint treatments along the OSB (oriented-strand board) panels. The result is an energy efficient, comfortable, and as airtight as possible house coupled with all the proper ventilation properties along the building process. 

It is important to keep in mind that while it does not require mechanical fasteners for its installation, the membrane does form a water and air-tight seal around the fasteners used to install siding and exterior sheathing materials, thus avoiding the numerous leak points typical for traditional house wraps. 

At the end of the day, this membrane helps ensure peace of mind both during and after installation, ultimately reducing costly callbacks and helping provide labor savings. 

Building on this, VYCOR® Pro high performance self-adhered flashing membrane provides premium protection against water and air infiltration in all critical non-roof detail areas. 

This is just the beginning of the innovative solutions being leveraged on the Living Lab project. Companies are invited to participate in this Living Lab home. All participation and collaboration from suppliers will help determine the success of this construction project. 

The Living Lab demonstrates and educates how we can create a sustainable, clean, and green future for all homes and future communities. Stay tuned. More is set to come as this project continues to unfold. 

Original article source: Connected World

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About GCP

GCP is a leading global provider of construction products that include high-performance specialty construction chemicals and building materials. GCP partners with producers, contractors, designers and engineers to achieve performance and sustainability goals. The company has a legacy of first to market and award-winning solutions that have been used to build some of the world’s most renowned structures. GCP is focused on continuous improvement for its customers, end-users and the environment. For more information, visit GCP's website at www.gcpat.com.



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