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Below is a great write up by the good folks at Maine Green Building Supply discussing the benefits of using SIGA Tapes with SIPs (structural insulated panels). We feel SIPs are an excellent choice for new construction projects but unfortunately they aren’t easy to find here in Atlantic Canada. 

Structural Insulated Panels or “SIPs” are a high-performance building system that serves as the structure and insulation of a building. These building envelopes are extremely robust, energy efficient and cost effective. Typically, SIPs consist of insulating foam core inside two structural OSB facings.  SIP building systems are airtight and extremely well-insulated, but the weakest points of the system are panel joints— if the joints are not properly sealed.

Wigluv 60 tape is designed to seal SIP exterior OSB sheathing seams, as well as rough openings for windows, doors and penetrations. All exterior panel seams (including roof and side walls) can be sealed with Wigluv tape. With extraordinary adhesive strength at high and low temperatures, Wigluv is rain-proof and impervious to water, with a slight perm rating to allow panels to dry properly. Wigluv’s material technology prevents condensation buildup on the tape, making it a smart choice for sealing exterior panel joints. In addition to effective sealing, Wigluv forms extremely well to OSB, and application is simple and clean.

Rissan 60 and Rissan 100 tapes are designed to securely seal interior SIP joints. Rissan tape is vapor closed and contains no VOC’s. Much like Wigluv, it bonds extremely well to OSB. Taping SIP joints with Rissan ensures a tight seal on the building interior, and helps prevent moisture from penetrating the weakest areas of the panels. Rissan also adheres easily around interior pipe penetrations, and guarantees a uniform air seal for the structure’s weakest points.

Upright Frameworks, a weatherization and SIP construction company in Maine, attests to the quality of SIGA Tape applications on SIPs: “We prefer working with SIPs for our new construction projects, and so we’re pretty confident that we know how to create tight structures. But when the specs require a specific ACH target, we don’t leave anything to chance. We use SIGA Tape on all our panel seams.”

When building performance is a top priority and failure is not an option, SIGA Tapes provide exceptional, high-performance interior and exterior air sealing in a SIP building system.

The Stack NYC Modular

The Stack NYC

Inside The Stack NYC

"Over the course of just 10 months, New York City’s first building made entirely of modular units came together. (Sorry, Atlantic Yards’ B2, but you’re literally going be No. 2 in this fight.) Developers Jeffrey Brown and Kim Frank, along with the creative architecture firm Gluck+, took a 50-foot-wide, 150-foot-deep site on Broadway near the Cloisters and loaded 56 modules into it in only 19 days, stacking them—in a manner that handily produced neat time-lapse videos—into two seven-story structures with one unified facade that surround a central courtyard. Within The Stack are 22 apartments that hit the rental market in May, with studios starting at $1,755, one-bedrooms from $2,400, two-bedrooms from $2,850, and three-bedrooms from $3,990. (There are also six affordable apartments getting doled out via lottery.)"

United Steel Workers Building Pittsburgh (at Downtown Pgh)

South Street Repairs 

Great blog entry from the folks at MRB CONTRACTING regarding the importance or rainscreen and proper flashing.

"The owners of this south end home called upon MRB when they discovered water damage and rotting shingles after a renovation that had been done a few years prior. Steevo and his team found that although the previous contractor had used Tyvek and Tuck tape when sealing the joins, there were no proper flashing installed leaving the water no where to go. Hence, the rot. In addition to installing additional flashing to promote drainage, the team (following MRB procedure), also repaired the corner boards and window trims before replacing the shingle cladding. This job is an example of why we invest in procedures. Prevention is always better than cure.”

Thanks for making VaproShield, Ventgrid and Siga Tapes part of your build program MRB. 

With great power comes great responsibility. THE Internet on/off switch.

Great home designed by Chad Jamieson and built by the MRB CONTRACTING crew. 

Great house on Block Island by @enginhouse that features Single Ply EPDM roofing and @vaproshield RevealShield. We encourage you to view their blog about this project, it is really well done.

There are many ways to detail window openings when building, unfortunately a large percentage of people do not understand the importance of doing it properly and why they should care.

The link above will direct you to MRB CONTRACTING's most recent blog entry about their Accurate Dorwin triple pane window program on Clifton Street. These guys are always improving their building envelope details, nice to see they have added our Siga Tape to their arsenal. 

Keel Siga Tape and VaproShield

Keel Siga and VaproShield

We are honoured to have been called on by Markline Industries to offer some advice on this NYC Post Disaster Housing Prototype designed by Garrison Architects. As you can see from the pictures, Markline chose to use VaproShield WrapShield SA as their WRB of choice  due to its high performance properties as well as the ability to install it on a production line without having to use primers and tapes which would ultimately slow down production. Click the link above to read more about this interesting and important project. 

Top of the tower (at The Dingle Tower)

Lobster time (at Boutiliers Point)

Stopped in to visit our friends from Amos Wood at their new digs on Agricola Street in Halifax. All we can say is WOW. What a great space and great products. We are big fans of Amos Wood - they are true professionals and have an amazing array of wood products. 

If you haven’t stopped in to see Jeff be sure to do so. He is a pleasure to deal with and can certainly help you with most anything you might need. You can’t find this level of service or quality of products at the big box stores. 

Above is a nice mix of soft maple flooring (natural colour) and stained pine. The outside decking is a great product out of New Brunswick called ThermalWood - check it out. 

Great job on this build MRB Contracting