Kenseal Philadelphia was fortunate enough to host the Master Builders Solutions by BASF’s Enershield® wet wall demonstration. This air and water resistive barrier is based on four main concepts:
- Efficient use of premium materials: Delivers high performance at low film thicknesses. Low wet-film thickness results in fast drying times, allowing contractors to complete their work quickly, and minimizing potential damage to the membrane before it has fully cured.
- One air barrier material for all wall systems: Creates a seamless air/water-resistive barrier and flashing system for all walls on your project. Air barriers, by their nature, must be continuous, with flexible and airtight connections to adjacent systems. The most effective way to maintain a continuous air barrier from a practical perspective is to use one air barrier material for all wall assemblies. This minimizes the need to transition from one air barrier material to another, saving time and eliminating a potential source of air leakage.
- Extensive testing to validate performance: Testing by the ASTM E2357 Air Leakage of Air Barrier Assemblies demonstrates that Enershield® provides air barrier performance superior to Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) requirements.
- Safety and sustainability: Composed of water-based, low-VOC materials; they are non-flammable and single-component materials, no mixing is required on the jobsite, and exothermic chemical reactions will not occur.
The demonstration combined classroom learning with hands-on instruction and focused on understanding critical details, application methods and site safety best practices. The workshop covered assessment of field conditions, the pre-construction meeting, surface preparation, proper detailing, product application and troubleshooting.
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