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Building Enclosure System Earns Innovation Award

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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An innovative system made to protect the building envelope was recently recognized by the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.

VaproShield, a Washington-based manufacturer of vapor-permeable, water-resistive barriers and air-barrier membranes, received a 2016 Beyond Green Award in January for developing a two-component building enclosure system that addressed key industry challenges.


VaproShield's Dan Clancy, left, accepted the Award of Merit in Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities from National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green.

Beyond Green juror David Underwood wrote: “VaproShield identified a need to deliver high-performance building enclosures while addressing challenges with the availability of a skilled technical workforce, providing a safe work environment and meeting green building program requirements.”

“[The company’s] approach to facilitate achievement of high-performance buildings led to us recognizing [it] with an Award of Merit for High-Performance Innovations.”

About the System

The system, recommended for all types of buildings, can be installed in all weather with minimal field training, according to VaproShield. According to the company’s website, the system components include flashing and a self-adhered water-resistive barrier and air barrier membrane for open joints.

The system “eliminates the need for any joint/corner treatments, tapes, adhesives and spray equipment and contains no VOCs,” according to the award announcement.

"We are honored to be recognized by an industry pillar like The National Institute of Building Sciences," said Phil Johnson, VaproShield managing partner. "Our Two Component Air Barrier System is an exceptional innovation that provides real benefits to architects, builders, installers, and the residents for years to come."  

About the NIBS

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

For information about the other award winners, click here.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Building enclosure system; Building envelope; Green building; National Institute of Building Sciences; VaproShield LLC

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