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Moisture brings durability and air quality problems with it, and myriad green products are designed to manage it and keep it out. Given the variety of products available, we look for those that meet key performance standards and that make sense in a whole building assembly—such as vapor-permeable weather-resistive barriers that not only prevent moisture from entering the building envelope but also allow drying when the envelope gets wet.

Moisture brings durability and air quality problems with it, and myriad green products are designed to manage it and keep it out. Given the variety of products available, we look for those that meet key performance standards and that make sense in a whole building assembly—such as vapor-permeable weather-resistive barriers that not only prevent moisture from entering the building envelope but also allow drying when the envelope gets wet.

  • Greenheck Energy Recovery Ventilators
  • Greenheck Energy Recovery Ventilators
  • Greenheck Fan Corporation
  • Greenheck Energy Recovery Ventilators
    Greenheck Fan Corporation
    Greenheck offers a variety of energy return ventilators for commercial applications. Models include the MiniVent-450 and -750 for use where space is limited; ERV-10, -20, -45, -and 55 (500–6,000 cfm) that can be mounted indoors on the floor or ceiling for duct access; ERV-90 and -120 (5,000–12,000 cfm) for indoor and outdoor applications; and ERVe (1,000–6,000 cfm) for outdoor installation or roofs or pads. These systems are available with a variety of options, including CO2 sensors, frost control, network interface, and more. The company also offers models that provide supplemental heating and cooling.
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  • Gutex Multitherm Weather Resistant Wood Insulation
  • Gutex Multitherm Weather Resistant Wood Insulation
  • Four Seven Five
  • Gutex Multitherm Weather Resistant Wood Insulation
    Four Seven Five
    Multitherm is a moisture-resistant, breathable, rigid insulation and weather-resistive-barrier made from 95% wood fiber, 4% polyurethane binders, and 0.5% paraffin. Manufactured in Germany, these panels are intended for use on exterior walls under rainscreens, and are engineered with tongue and groove edges to improve weather resistance and ease installation, since the panels do not have to line up with studs. The 1-9/16"-thick, 43.3"-long, 31.5"-wide panels have an R-value of 3.7 per inch (R-5.5 per panel) and a perm rating of 27. Custom sizes are also available.
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  • Myco Foam Insulating Sheathing
  • Myco Foam Insulating Sheathing
  • Ecovative Design LLC
  • Myco Foam Insulating Sheathing
    Ecovative Design LLC
    Myco Foam insulating sheathing is an insulation board made of Ecovative's Mushroom Insulation bonded to Fortifiber's waterproof facing. The insulation board has comparable performance to foam insulation with a compressive strength of 0.3–6.7 psi at 10% compression (ASTM D695), R-value of R-3.6/inch (ASTM C518), and water vapor transmission of 0.02–0.03 perms (ASTM E96). The foam achieves a Class A fire rating with no added flame retardants.
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  • Air Pohoda HRVs and ERVs
  • Air Pohoda HRVs and ERVs
  • Air Pohoda USA, LLC
  • Air Pohoda HRVs and ERVs
    Air Pohoda USA, LLC
    Air Pohoda offers high-performance HRVs and ERVs, including the Ultima 240E iERV (intelligent energy-recovery ventilator). The Ultima 240E operates at 95% efficiency and is the first ERV with adjustable humidity control. These units can provide 240 cfm of ventilation using a triangular-shaped core with channels that capture the condensate so the moisture can either be drained away or directed back into the living space. Because the humidity can be controlled, the 240E can operate in any climate; the core does not contain perforations so dust will not clog the unit over time; and the unit does not freeze down to 10°F and does not require a preheater. It also uses an electronically commutated motor (ECM) so it is very efficient, and six-inch ducts to deliver good airflow. These units come with a 25-year warranty. The company also offers 240 and 60 cfm HRVs, both of which use ECMs.
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  • Airguard Air Filters
  • Airguard Air Filters
  • Airguard, Inc.
  • Airguard Air Filters
    Airguard, Inc.
    Airguard produces a wide range of air filtration products with MERV 13 (80%–85%) and higher efficiency ratings. It offers a variety of rigid-cell filters composed of micro glass or synthetic media fibers, as well as multiple extended surface pocket filters. The Multi-Guard Pocket filter is electrostatically enhanced for higher initial efficiency and has gradient density fiber for dust holding capacity. Airguard also offers two HEPA filters: Microguard, which is available in a wood and metal construction, and Micropleat, which is made of ultrafine microglass paper media. Both operate at up to 99.999% efficiency on 0.3 micrometer particles.
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  • Tri-Dim High-Efficiency Air Filters
  • Tri-Dim High-Efficiency Air Filters
  • Tri-Dim Filter Corp.
  • Tri-Dim High-Efficiency Air Filters
    Tri-Dim Filter Corp.
    Tri-Dim offers air filters from MERV 13 and higher, as well as HEPA/ULPA in a range of types, sizes, and depths, including pleated, thin line, V-cell, rigid box, and bag in fiberglass and synthetic media. Packaged prefilters, roll media, and bulk pads are also available.
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  • SIGA Majvest Weather-Resistive Barrier
  • SIGA Majvest Weather-Resistive Barrier
  • Small Planet Workshop
  • SIGA Majvest Weather-Resistive Barrier
    Small Planet Workshop
    Majvest, from the Swiss company SIGA, is a high-performance weather-resistive barrier for use on exterior walls. The half-millimeter-thick WRB effectively blocks rain and wind, yet provides high vapor permeability with 68 perms (U.S.). The product ships in 3-meter (9.8') rolls 50 m (164') long. Edges should be taped with high-performance tapes, also made by SIGA. SIGA WRBs and tapes are distributed in the U.S. by Small Planet Workshop in Olympia, Washington.
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  • Ventgrid12 Panels
  • Ventgrid12 Panels
  • Ventgrid
  • Ventgrid12 Panels
    Ventgrid
    VentGrid12 is an open-grid panel made of 100% post-consumer recycled polyolefin plastic. The plastic is lightweight and highly resistant to deterioration or mold growth, making it useful where drainage or ventilation space is required such as in subfloors over concrete slabs, in exterior rainscreen assemblies, under cedar roof shakes and shingles, and beneath pavers on flat roofs. VentGrid12 comes in 4' x 8' x ½" sheets with ¼" long stand-off dimples. Each sheet weighs 8 lbs. and comes with pre-formed fastener holes for simple installation. VentGrid12 has a vertical load capacity of 8,000 lbs/ft², according to the company. The plastic can be easily snipped with standard hand sheers, or scored and snapped.
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  • Cascadia Clip
  • Cascadia Clip
  • Cascadia Windows and Doors
  • Cascadia Clip
    Cascadia Windows and Doors
    The Cascadia Clip is a fiberglass spacer designed for installing cladding over insulation, while reducing thermal bridging through the insulation. Offered in lengths of 2", 2.5", 4", 5", and 6" sizes, the Cascadia Clip offers both support for cladding and a thermal break for all-weather exterior insulation applications.
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  • BlueskinVP Water-Resistive Barrier
  • BlueskinVP Water-Resistive Barrier
  • Henry Company
  • BlueskinVP Water-Resistive Barrier
    Henry Company
    Henry Company’s BlueskinVP house wrap is a water-resistive, vapor-permeable, air barrier membrane that contains a permeable adhesive layer, so it does not require mechanical attachment. BlueskinVP can seal a building envelope while providing a continuous drainage plane, meeting ASTM E2357 for air barrier assemblies. BlueskinVP is available as BlueskinVP 100 for residential construction and BlueskinVP 160 for commercial applications.
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  • FlexFix Polypropylene Duct Tape
  • FlexFix Polypropylene Duct Tape
  • Berry Plastics Corporation
  • FlexFix Polypropylene Duct Tape
    Berry Plastics Corporation
    FlexFix is a zero-VOC, oriented-polypropylene tape with acrylic sealant for use on flexible ducts. FlexFix is hand-tearable and the manufacturer claims it will adhere in temperatures from 0ºF–210ºF. FlexFix is available in 3" and 48mm widths in black and silver.
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  • AC 698 Polypropylene Duct Tape
  • AC 698 Polypropylene Duct Tape
  • Intertape Polymer Group
  • AC 698 Polypropylene Duct Tape
    Intertape Polymer Group
    Intertape AC 698 is a zero-VOC, oriented-polypropylene tape with acrylic sealant for use on flexible ducts. AC 698 hand-tears and Intertape claims it will adhere in temperatures up to 210ºF. AC 698 is available in black, clear, silver, and red.
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  • The Rainscreen Clip System
  • The Rainscreen Clip System
  • Wood Haven Inc.
  • The Rainscreen Clip System
    Wood Haven Inc.
    The Rainscreen Clip system includes hidden fasteners that create a gap behind wood cladding to allow ventilation, as is typical for a rainscreen system. The clips are painted marine-grade aluminum, and screwed in place into pre-drilled, rot-resistant furring boards. Manufacturer Wood Haven offers a variety of species of lumber in various colors and widths, and also offers matching trim and corner boards. FSC-certified wood is available on request.
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  • FloLogic Automatic Water Shutoff System
  • FloLogic Automatic Water Shutoff System
  • FloLogic, Inc.
  • FloLogic Automatic Water Shutoff System
    FloLogic, Inc.
    The FloLogic automatic water shutoff system connects to a single point on the plumbing bringing water into a home, where it monitors water flow and detects changes that could indicate a burst pipe or other issue. FloLogic comes pre-programmed with "home" and "away" settings—which can be custom-programmed—allowing water to flow for certain amounts of time; if the flow exceeds that limit, the system's shutoff valve stops water from entering the home and an alarm is sounded. FloLogic can be connected to a home security system, includes a manual override, and can run on backup battery power for up to a week in the case of a power outage.
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  • Zip Wall and Roof Sheathing System
  • Zip Wall and Roof Sheathing System
  • Huber Engineered Woods
  • Zip Wall and Roof Sheathing System
    Huber Engineered Woods
    Huber’s Zip System consists of a sheathing with a built-in water-resistive barrier, eliminating the need for house wrap and speeding installation. When used with the company’s seam tape, the Zip System has an air leakage rate of 0.037 L/s•m2 @ 75 Pascal per ASTM E2357 (below the ABAA standard of 0.2 L/s•m2 @ 75 Pascal) and can contribute to an airtight building assembly while allowing vapor permeability, thus reducing the risk of moisture damage. Available for roofs and walls, this sheathing incorporates Huber’s PS2-rated AdvanTech floor panels, which are made with low-emitting no-added formaldehyde (NAUF) resins (a combination of phenol formaldehyde and MDI). The green outer skin is Kraft paper impregnated with phenol formaldehyde resin, which forms a thermoset polymer coating . Available in 7/16"-thick 4'x8', 4'x9', and 4'x10' panels and ½"-thick 4'x8' panels, Zip sheathing comes with a 30-year warranty. Also available is Zip System R-Sheathing, which includes a layer of polyisocyanurate insulation, for use as a continuous exterior insulation and sheathing. R-Sheathing comes in 1" and 1-½" thick panels with overall R-value of R-3 and R-6, respectively.
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