EIFS and water migration issues

John Fredley, David Riley

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Although Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) have been used successfully on over 100,000 commercial projects throughout the United States since the mid 1970's, during the past three years it has been under much scrutiny for moisture intrusion and structural damage. Cases were first discovered on wood-frame houses in North Carolina, but have been reported in both residential and commercial structures in all areas of the United States. This collaborative study is focused on identifying the underlying issues of the moisture migration through EIFS enclosures along with proposing recommendations for solutions. Factors that lead up to the current controversy are discussed. Practical implications from this investigation include a new approach using performance criteria to evaluate the limits of EIFS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 5th ASCE Construction Congress - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Duration: Oct 4 1997Oct 8 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 5th ASCE Construction Congress
CityMinneapolis, MN, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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