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Matt’s visiting IBS 2024 where he unveils the latest wave of innovations revolutionizing home construction and window technology. Get ready for an immersive tour exploring brilliant solutions that are elevating building performance, energy efficiency, and homeowner comfort to new heights.

We kick things off by introducing you to Fakro’s sleek new electric attic ladder – a high-tech marvel with precise insulation and remote control operation that’s redefining attic access convenience for modern living.

From there, we pull back the curtain on Vapor Dry’s futuristic roof underlayment system. This industry-disrupting technology takes airtightness and moisture management to the next level, ensuring unrivaled durability on your next roofing project.

The ingenuity doesn’t stop there. You’ll get an inside look at Pella’s Steady Set windows – a true masterclass in streamlined installation thanks to their grabo suction and gravity lock features. Say goodbye to outdated methods and embrace a new era of hassle-free quality.

We also go deep on insulation breakthroughs like Energy Shield XR’s unparalleled thermal break performance and the sustainable benefits of wood fiber insulation. Exterior solutions like True Exterior’s recycled siding and advanced rubber sealing products prove eco-consciousness can coincide with premier protection.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Hydronic fan coils for zoned HVAC control, multi-layered wall assemblies optimizing efficiency – this is your master blueprint for building the homes of the future, today.

Join Matt Risinger through the latest construction marvels elevating house building in the United States.

Innovative Window Solutions: Revolutionizing Home Construction with Sustainable Materials

International Builders Show 2024

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We’re at the Design and Construction Show in Vegas. I’m here with the Build Show Network crew, and we’re about to see what’s new, interesting and cool in the industry. With me are Brent Hall, Stephanie Daily, Allison Anderson, Brian Euler, and Will King. Let’s get started!

We’re at the Fakro stand with Greg. Greg, can you tell us about this product? This is an electric operable automatic attic access ladder, and it’s brand new. To open it, you use a remote control. All you have to do is just hit ‘open’.

Take a look at how thick that insulation is! Is that a 12.6 R-value? This ladder also has multiple weatherstripping, making it a triple weather seal. So when it comes to energy efficiency, this is the best thermal insulation product we have. It’s a scissor-type ladder with a 350 lb capacity and it’s made of metal steel.

It’s so cool that it opens by itself! We were amazed the first time we saw it. It will be available later this year, around November 2024, in the US market.

We offer seven different sizes. This one can adjust to ceiling heights between 7′ 5″ up to 11′ 1″. It will automatically adjust to the height of the ceiling.

To close it, all you have to do is use the remote control and it will close by itself. I like how they call it the “Super Thermo”, with a 12.6 R-value. It doesn’t get better than this. The product also comes with a two-year warranty, which is the best on the market.

All right, Greg, this is your showstopper here. It’s similar to your original model, right? The original model has one less weather seal and slightly less r-value, but it’s obviously much less expensive.

Can you give us a range for the cost of these products? The automatic version will retail at about $3,500. The manual version, depending on the size, will cost anywhere between $900 to $1300. It’s very reasonable.

I must say, most attic ladders in Texas are really rickety pieces of garbage that are not worth installing. These ladders, on the other hand, are really well built and very nice. Thank you very much for your comments. Good stuff from Fakro.

Now, I’ve run into the famous Larry Clay, past president of the Canadian Home Builders Association. Larry, I’ve seen you use a lot of rock wool in your jobs and I was surprised when I visited Vancouver a couple of years ago to see how advanced many builders are there. I’ve heard that some of the advancements have been driven by the 2029 code change. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

By 2032, all homes have to be step five Net Zero passive. So, we routinely put a layer of rock wool around our homes ranging from 2″ up to 6″. That’s impressive, Larry.

Let’s check out a few other assemblies here. This is interesting – rock wool in the cavity and then they’re showing how we could thermally separate this space from here. Then they’ve got a below-grade application. Do you do basements, Larry?

We do. We use it on the inside but not so much on the outside, but it’s a great application. They’re also showing some Rockwool in the floor assembly. Do you do crawl spaces or do you typically do in-ground? We typically do in-ground full basements, but we can use this under the slab as well.

It’s been great to hang out with you, Larry. You guys do great work. Everyone, go check out Larry on Instagram. They’re posting amazing videos all the time, really top-notch. You guys are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, correct? All right guys, thanks for joining us at the Rockwool Booth, Design and Construction Week 2024. See you next year!

Hey everyone, we’re at the Benjamin Obdyke Booth. I’ve been friends with these guys for a long time. They have some really interesting products that are new this year, like Invisawrap SA. This is meant for an open joint cladding system. It’s a peel-and-stick product, ensuring good airtightness along with waterproofing. They also have a Batten available that’s UV resistant.

But check this out, this is a peel-and-stick product which I’m a big fan of. It means we’re going to get good airtightness along with waterproofing. They’ve really jumped on board with the acrylic adhesive. This has an acrylic adhesive on the back but it’s UV stable. Also, it’s 10 perms so it’s permeable, which is good for our Northern climates.

They’ve also had this on the market for a long time. This is a housewrap with a dimple membrane on it. HydroGap ensures that if something gets past your cladding, it’s going to have a drainage plane to drain and dry out rather than being uptight against your house wrap.

Here’s the product that I really want to mention because we’re thinking about using this on the Risinger build project. They’re calling it Vapor Dry, big rolls. But again, acrylic adhesive rather than asphalt-based. And a couple of things I like about this: Vapor open, right, 12 perms. But rated up to 250°, so we can use this underneath a metal roof. We can use this underneath a cedar roof.

This gives you some additional forgiveness when you use a cedar roof. You’re going to put their Cedar Breather product, which everyone kind of knows them for. This is going to make a great assembly.

Also interesting to show, they’ve got this cold roof assembly for the really cold climate folks building in New England, where you’ve got insulation on the top, you’ve got basically a SIPs panel on the roof. You’re going to use that Vapor Dry here, with their Cedar Breather, and then you’re going to put another layer with another layer of Vapor Dry.

I’m excited about this Vapor Dry, an acrylic adhesive, vapor permeable product. Very few manufacturers make this. In the house, could we talk about what it might complain about? We P 100, Builders, squeaky floors.

All right, we’re back at the team Recog. The people who face the elements head-on are Hector and Marcel. We are efficient builders, doing some great content and great work. We’re going to kick off today with a little bit of talk about what we’ve been seeing.

We’ve seen a lot of drone footage over the years, but the yellow popping on that floor is very different. What am I looking at with X Factor compared to regular? Yeah, so it’s already a premium product. We’re taking it to a whole other level.

All right guys, we’re at the Pella booth. They’ve got a brand new innovation and Will King and I had a big launch last night. This is called Steady Set. Will, you’ve used their windows for a long time, haven’t you?

I have. I’ve been using Pella for probably eight years, Matt. So this innovation, Will, is totally different. I’ve never seen any manufacturer with anything like this before. This is a brand new innovation that’s going to change the whole industry of how we install windows, so it’s huge. This is wild, something you’ve never seen before for sure.

So let’s walk through what Steady Set is. Most windows over the years have some kind of nailing flange on the outside, right? And we’re carrying that window up a ladder if we’re installing a second-floor window. We’ve got some strong people outside holding that window up.

We’ve got people with a screw gun, they’re trying not to lose their footing on the ladder. They’re outside, they’re precarious. This window, on the other hand, totally changes the game because this window, even though it’s got a flashing flange, does not have a nailing flange. It’s actually installed from the inside.

So let’s walk through this. Well, these brackets, how do they work? They come as you see here, so it’s going to be flat to the inside but you’re going to pull them out like you just did, you just flip it. And so once you flip it around, and you’re going to get this based on this is for a 2×4 wall, okay?

But if you’re going to do a 2×6 wall, you’d get the right clip that’s going to get your reveal perfect on the inside. And they lock in, you’ll hear it click. So the structural connection now is on the inside of the window or inside the house, not the outside.

So we’re going to do that with all four of those clips to start with, and we don’t need to do that right now. In fact, let’s show you on this sample window up here. It might be a little easier to see on this small guy. So, let’s say all those clips now are flipped. Here’s where the big innovation comes from, the window now is going to install from the inside of the building, right?

Now check this out, this is really cool. This will come off and reveal a continuous flashing flange all the way around. I like this. Yes, all one piece. So how many times have you seen windows that had a flexible flange where when you opened it you had this kind of open corner and when you’re inside looking out you see that pinhole?

Even if you put that corner pad on, for years I’ve put extra flashing tape right here on my windows. But now you don’t have to do it because this whole thing is going to move out. This looks really nice and waterproof.

So now our zip tape, our flashing tape, whatever we’re doing, is going to adhere to this. Also by the way, this is flexible. So we have a little bit of forgiveness built into the system, and this is flexible in the corner too. So this can be, if your framing was a little bit off, if your sheathing was a little thicker a little thinner, this is going to adapt to that and make a really nice flashing flange.

Now another piece of this puzzle I think is really cool, Will, is these teeth up here. You know what they call that? It’s just a head clip. So basically when you set this window in, you’re going to put it in the bottom of the window first and then or the bottom of the opening. And then when you push it in, this is just a friction clip.

So basically it keeps the window from from being able to come back on top of you, got it? So it really makes it a one-man installation at that point because you’re eliminating two people trying to fight it from falling out of the house, like you would from the outside.

So from the inside, it’s going to hold it in. So friction. Now one thing I was concerned about though, are these just regular Pine windows? Or what is this? So they, they have different species of wood they use depending on what you’re ordering. But this is going to be just a pine window, but so it’s treated though.

And that’s the part, Pella’s been really good at wood windows for a long time. But it’s treated, and so this finger-jointed Pine, they actually treat each piece of wood before they join it together. And to my knowledge, the only one in the industry doing that. So you get a lot of protection even though it is a wood window. That’s pretty neat.

Now a couple of other innovations I want to mention too, Will, they’ve made the bottom part of that flashing flange kind of corrugated so that it makes sure it doesn’t stay tight to the building, which means if we got some water on that sill pan, you got to put your sill pans in, it’ll leak out. They’ve also stamped on there “do not seal, don’t tape the shut”, right? We want to let that water out.

And another thing I thought was cool Will is, they’ve got these plastic shims built in now. So you don’t have to shim them yourself, they actually going to come with that to keep it up off the the pan. So these shims are actually built in, is what they told us, which also allows you to put a pry bar in there and if your sill is not flat, you could pry the window and get it set.

I’ll tell you what Will, last night at the Press event, I had to install a window by myself. Well you ran the track, I tried to beat you in the Porsche but you were able to beat me. You see these times behind us, I mean you can do it a lot faster than I can go four laps. I got to say, for a One-man install and for an install inside the building rather than on a ladder, very very fast time.

So in less time than it took Will to do five miles in a Porsche on a pretty windy course, I’ll give him that. I was able to set a window in like 4 minutes by myself and I’ve never really done that before.

How about we give these guys a quick install here? All right, so we got to flip these around, okay? So that’s the first thing you’re going to do and these have a positive engagement when you pop them in which is really nice, you can hear the click.

And one of the things like that we had, the biggest deal to me about it is that we’re totally flush on the inside now, how many times have you seen trim Carpenters bust out drywall going around the window? This is going to totally eliminate that.

So all right, so we got those flipped around, so then first thing we got to do is just set it in the hole and you’re going to set it sill first, yep. And then notice here when we go in with our top, this friction clip is going to catch, right? Okay, yep, so there we go, check that out.

And those clips now at the top are holding. So this isn’t going to fall in, if the wind caught it it’s not going to catch us now. Those obviously are not for final engagement. You’re actually going to need to screw this in.

Let’s put one or two screws in just to hold. There’s going to be 12 screws around, two per clip, and of course that probably would vary, I suspect if they had a bigger window. I got the wrong bit. Oh, that’s fun. That was the right one, just put one or two in there, and then we’ll show you the flashing. This is not a window install video, by the way.

Normally, we’re going to put a level on the sill and the jam, right? We’re going to shim it as necessary. We’re really showing you the innovation here, not the install. So we’re just going to put two on there and check out this cool display that they’ve got.

Brian, you can actually flip this thing around. Will you flip your pan over there? So now we can see the outside. Okay, so you do need a ladder in the end if this is a second story window, but we only need that ladder for flashing tape. The window is set at this point. It’s structurally sound. It’s not going anywhere.

And then all we do Will is right grab these things and pop them off. That’s right, that’s going to keep that flexible flange tight to the window during install. So really, when you’re going through the opening, you don’t run the risk of tearing it.

So you’re going to kind of roll it to the outside a little bit. Roll to the inside, yeah, I messed you up. Roll to the inside, yeah, there we go, took me a second, okay.

And then that thing just kind of unfolds, and check out those cool fold corners, man. That is so awesome. So now if you’re the one man on the ladder, all you’re having to do is grab this tape and then you’re just going to be taping that flange down. So and so pretty straightforward. I don’t know that we need to flash the whole thing, will, but basically you would do your side jams first and stop those just above your header, uh, there you go brother.

And this is obviously not real flashing tape, this is a demo tape because this isn’t a real WRB. So we’re going to tape both sides down, and then we’re going to tape off the head here, right? So you go across the top after we did both sides. And now you’re going to see this is a fully flashed installed window, yep, very impressive. And no fasteners on the outside.

I mean steady set, this is going to make it a lot safer on the jobsite, it will. How about cost? How much of an add is this? So they told us last night Matt, it’s actually going to be the same cost as like their blue fin window, which is their traditional nailing flange. So to buy this now, zero cost difference, so it’s not even an upgrade. So it’s just going to be standard.

So this is one of those things that you’re like, why did anyone think of this before? This is so smart, right? I know, I know, it’s awesome. I’m excited, very impressive guys, big deal from Pella. Go check this out, this is available for my understanding Nationwide, yep.

It’ll be available this summer Nationwide. And I’m going to be building a house, uh, that our windows are just about in order with steady set that we’re going to be building from, so stay tuned for that. Thanks will, yep, absolutely.

Brian, you know we like talking about insulation on the build show, yes. Thermal is like the number one topic, yeah, we talk a lot about it. So we’re back at the Atlas Booth, by the way Brian. These guys are sponsoring the Risinger build. I’m doing a 24-part episode, 24 part series on a brand new house in Austin. You’ll have to come out and visit it. It’s going to be the show House for build show live.

And all our insulation on our, not under slab, on our top of slab, pardon me, on our walls, on our roof, we’re going to be using some different Atlas products. So let me tell you about a few of them that are brand new.

First off, Brian, energy Shield XR, uh, this is a very high R value poly ISO. I actually forget the R value per inch, but it’s probably going to say right here, look, yep. 2 in gives us R 13.1. That’s pretty impressive. This is an under slab one, uh, but we’re going to be using it top of slab. So I’ve got an existing slab, we’re adding onto the slab.

Have you seen the Steve basic detail that he does, this uh, like the foam free slab, or what have not? Foam free concrete free? No, we could use it in that situation, but I’m, I’m pouring a full slab and I’m dropping this uh energy Shield XR on top of my slab and then I’m going to do two layers of Advant on top.

I’ll thermally break my entire slab with this product. It’s also a real high PSI. This is like 25 psi, so we’re not going to be able to compress this product. It’s going to be really nice for that. Also intended for below grade, real high r value per inch, good stuff.

You got something else that’s cool from these guys? Yeah, so one of the things, even like if you’re trying to bring your duct work into conditioned space, but you do still distribute in the attic, is how do you get insulation over the top of it, yeah, or like a retrofit, exactly, yeah. And you still want air flow, so you’ll usually put a nail your structural sheathing to have that roof diaphragm, but then what they have is kind of an all-in-one product, which I always like.

This is a fiber reinforced faer, okay? So the foam is the same, facing is a little different. And then what they have in here is kind of like your Styrofoam cup, but it’s a higher compressive strength, yeah, this like geofoam, right? Yeah, exactly. So if you were doing like, you know, industrial, civil engineering product projects, which, not doing, if you try squeezing that, it doesn’t squeeze like a styrofoam, yeah, that’s legit.

So then this ends up being your nail base over the top for your cladding, yeah. And then so like you’re nailing your shingles on here, let’s say, but you’ve got that air gap on there.

And if you check out their chart, it’s a bit of an IT test here Brian, but they’ve got this in 1 in inch and a half and 2 in air spaces, uh, plus they can vary the thickness on this AC foam right here, so we can get this 1 in, uh, up to I’m not even sure but quite a bit of thickness.

So then you’ve got this thick panel that you’re either going to nail or screw down into your rafter. So this would be a great way to retrofit if you’re making condition attic from an old house. And it is uh, cross ventilated, yeah, so you can see come through here way, but then you’ve got the cross ventilation through there, that’s pretty sweet.

So we can get some ventilation from our Eve all the way out our ridge vent, exact, all the way through that under roof, yep. That’s really best practice when we’re Roofing, we want that vent space for that uh, forgiveness in system. It might also keep your clad in cooler, yep, which is a nice thing from an energy perspective. That’s right, always good to hang out with my friends at Atlas.

We’re here at design and construction week 20224. What’s up guys, I’m Stephanie Daly and I’m Matt Risinger. We’re at the West Lake Royal Building Products booth and we got CJ, the head product guy here. CJ, this new siding product you’ve got is great, tell us a little bit about what you have here at the show today.

Well, at the show, we’re introducing a new product, VGR siding. This product can be installed horizontally or vertically, and it offers all the same benefits as the rest of our select lines. So this is a PVC product, right? Yes, but this doesn’t seem like traditional PVC. It’s really thick and feels really strong.

Yeah, so this is a cellular composite core product. It absorbs virtually no water, which is the enemy of low maintenance siding. In terms of low maintenance, how low maintenance are we talking about here?

Well, we also coat it with a Kynar finish. Kynar finishes are renowned for their UV stability, which means we’re so confident in this product’s performance that we offer a 25-year warranty.

A 25-year warranty, that’s impressive. That’s got to be one of the lowest maintenance products you could have on the outside of your house. I believe it is, yes.

That’s pretty cool. Now, how does this work? It looks like there’s some kind of tongue and groove at the butt joints. Is that what I’m seeing? Yeah, so we’ve got a gravity lock here. This gravity lock does three cool things. First of all, it’s great for installation. So when you put it on the wall, you simply drop it down.

The second thing it does is it gives very high wind resistance because you in essence have two points of attachment to the wall. The third thing it does is it creates an air gap that allows any moisture that gets behind the siding to evaporate out. So you’ve got a good wall system.

That’s pretty cool, a really cool product. I love how it kind of goes together. We also discuss the product’s cost, with the automatic version retailing at about $3,500. The manual version, depending on the size, will cost anywhere between $900 to $1300. It’s very reasonable.

Yeah, can you give us, I know I’m going to put you on the spot here, but can you give us any range for cost for some of these products? Yeah, so the automatic version will retail at about $3,500. The manual version, depending on the size, will cost anywhere between $900 to $1300. It’s very reasonable.

I must say, most attic ladders in Texas are really rickety pieces of garbage that are not worth installing. These ladders, on the other hand, are really well built and very nice. Thank you very much for your comments. Good stuff from Fakro. Yep, thanks a lot.

All right guys, look who I ran into, the famous Larry Clay. Extremely famous! You’re the one who’s famous. I’ve made a couple videos, but in Larry’s neck of the woods, we’re talking past president of the Canadian Home Builders Association. When I went to Vancouver everyone knows Larry in Vancouver. You were a celebrity builder in Vancouver. Well everybody knows you here, nobody knows me.

All right, so Larry, I got a build show sticker for you because you know you got the boss shirt on, but I think a build boss. When I went and bought the shirt they had electricians, they had plumbers, and I picked this one. What do you got for me? Well I have a sticker for you. What’s the sticker? That’s the build show live sticker, how about that? Nice.

All right, so Larry, I’ve seen you use a lot of rock wool in your jobs and I was shocked, frankly, when I visited Vancouver a couple years ago, how advanced a lot of the builders are there. You guys are doing an amazing job up there with really high performance. And I’ve heard that some of that has been driven by this 2029 code change. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Yeah, so by 2032 all homes have to be at Step 5 Net Zero passive, so we routinely are putting a sweater of rock wool around our homes, 2″ up to 6″. Holy cow! And check it out on the display here on the stage, they’ve got a couple great displays.

This would be a good wall assembly for Vancouver. You got a Delta vent SA product which is vapor open, which you guys need in your climate. Yeah, I’ll just jump in there please. Having a wall assembly that dries in both directions is critical for long-term durability. That’s great, that’s good advice.

And Rain screen has been code since 2006, we always had to have a rain screen. How about that man, these guys up in Vancouver, very progressive, this is like code Assembly, not just a really awesome assembly, that’s impressive Larry.

Oh let’s check out a couple other assemblies here. This is kind of interesting, rock wool in the cavity and then they’re showing hey, here’s how we could thermally, not thermally, what’s the word I’m looking for, acoustically separate this space from here. And then they’ve got a below grade application. Are you using any, you guys do basements?

We do, we will use it on the inside but not so much on the outside, but it’s a great application. That makes sense.

And then they’re also showing some Rockwool in the floor assembly. Do you guys do crawl spaces or do you typically do in-ground? Typically in-ground full basements, but we certainly can use this under the slab as well.

It’s been a pleasure hanging out with you, Larry. You guys do fantastic work. Everyone, make sure to check out Larry on Instagram. He and his team are constantly posting amazing videos. Sean, who works with Larry, is particularly impressive. He consistently elevates the culture of our team, and we love him for it.

You guys do incredible work up in Vancouver, British Columbia, right? All right, guys, thanks for joining us at the Rockwool Booth during the Design and Construction Week 2024. See you next year!

Hey, everyone! We’re coming to you from the Benjamin Obdyke Booth. I’ve been friends with these guys for a long time. They’ve got some really interesting products that are new to them this year, like Invisawrap SA. This is intended for an open joint cladding system. They also offer a UV-resistant Batten.

But take a look at this – it’s a peel-and-stick product which I’m a big fan of. It ensures good airtightness along with waterproofing. They’ve really embraced the acrylic adhesive. This has an acrylic adhesive on the back but is UV-stable. And by the way, it’s 10 perms so it’s permeable, which is good for our Northern climates.

They’ve also had this product on the market for a while. It’s a housewrap with a kind of dimple membrane. So HydroGap is going to ensure that if something gets past your cladding, it’s going to have a drainage plane to drain and dry out rather than being uptight against your house wrap.

Here’s the product that I really want to mention because we’re thinking about using this on the Risinger build project. They’re calling it Vapor Dry, big rolls. But again, it’s an acrylic adhesive rather than asphalt-based. And a few things I like about this: It’s vapor open, with 12 perms.

But it’s rated up to 250°, so we can use this underneath a metal roof or a cedar roof. And now if there’s moisture that needs to get out of the house, it has some permeability, unlike some of the asphaltic products that are zero perm, effectively creating a plastic barrier on the outside.

This gives you some additional forgiveness when you use a cedar roof. You’re going to put their Cedar Breather product, which everyone kind of knows them for. This is going to make a great assembly.

Also interesting to note, they’ve got this cold roof assembly for the really cold climate folks building in New England, where you’ve got insulation on the top and a SIPs panel on the roof. You’re going to use that Vapor Dry here, with their Cedar Breather, and then you’re going to put another layer with another layer of Vapor Dry.

This is a cool product. I’m excited about this Vapor Dry, an acrylic adhesive, vapor permeable. Very few manufacturers make this. Could we talk about what it might complain about in the house? We P 100, Builders, squeaky floors.

All right, let’s get back to the team Recog. The people who face the elements head-on are Hector and Marcel. We’re efficient builders, doing some great content and great work. We’re going to kick off today with a little bit of talk about what we’ve been seeing.

We’ve seen a lot of drone footage over the years, but the yellow popping on that floor is very different. What am I looking at with X Factor compared to the regular? Yeah, so it’s already a premium product. We’re taking it to a whole other level.

All right guys, we’re at the Pella booth. They’ve got a brand new innovation, and Will King and I actually had a big launch last night. This is called Steady Set. Will, you’ve used their windows for a long time, haven’t you?

I have. I’ve been using Pella for probably eight years, Matt. So this innovation, Will, is totally different. I’ve never seen any manufacturer with anything like this before. This is a brand new innovation that’s going to change the whole industry of how we install windows, so it’s huge. This is wild, something you’ve never seen before for sure.

So let’s walk these guys through what Steady Set is. Most windows over the years have some kind of nailing flange on the outside, right? And we’re carrying that window up a ladder if we’re installing a second-floor window. We’ve got some strong people outside holding that window up.

We’ve got people with a screw gun, they’re trying not to lose their footing on the ladder. They’re outside, they’re precarious. This window, on the other hand, totally changes the game because this window, even though it’s got a flashing flange, does not have a nailing flange. It’s actually installed from the inside.

So let’s walk these guys through this. Well, these brackets, how do they work? They come as you see here, so it’s going to be flat to the inside but you’re going to pull them out like you just did, you just flip it. And so once you flip it around, and you’re going to get this based on this is for a 2×4 wall, okay?

But if you’re going to do a 2×6 wall, you’d get the right clip that’s going to get your reveal perfect on the inside. And they lock in, you’ll hear it click. So the structural connection now is on the inside of the window or inside the house, not the outside.

So we’re going to do that with all four of those clips to start with, and we don’t need to do that right now. In fact, let’s show you on this sample window up here. It might be a little easier to see on this small guy. So, let’s say all those clips now are flipped. Here’s where the big innovation comes from, the window now is going to install from the inside of the building, right?

Now check this out, this is really cool. This will come off and reveal a continuous flashing flange all the way around. I like this. Yes, all one piece. So how many times have you seen windows that had a flexible flange where when you opened it you had this kind of open corner and when you’re inside looking out you see that pinhole?

Even if you put that corner pad on, for years I’ve put extra flashing tape right here on my windows. But now you don’t have to do it because this whole thing is going to move out. This looks really nice and waterproof.

So now our zip tape, our flashing tape, whatever we’re doing, is going to adhere to this. Also by the way, this is flexible. So we have a little bit of forgiveness built into the system, and this is flexible in the corner too. So this can be, if your framing was a little bit off, if your sheathing was a little thicker a little thinner, this is going to adapt to that and make a really nice flashing flange.

Now another piece of this puzzle I think is really cool, Will, is these teeth up here. You know what they call that? It’s just a head clip. So basically when you set this window in, you’re going to put it in the bottom of the window first and then or the bottom of the opening. And then when you push it in, this is just a friction clip.

So basically it keeps the window from from being able to come back on top of you, got it? So it really makes it a one-man installation at that point because you’re eliminating two people trying to fight it from falling out of the house, like you would from the outside.

So from the inside, it’s going to hold it in. So friction. Now one thing I was concerned about though, are these just regular Pine windows? Or what is this? So they, they have different species of wood they use depending on what you’re ordering. But this is going to be just a pine window, but so it’s treated though.

And that’s the part, Pella’s been really good at wood windows for a long time. But it’s treated, and so this finger-jointed Pine, they actually treat each piece of wood before they join it together.

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And to my knowledge, they’re the only ones in the industry doing that. So you get a lot of protection even though it is a wood window. That’s pretty neat.

Now a couple of other innovations I want to mention too, Will, they’ve made the bottom part of that flashing flange kind of corrugated so that it makes sure it doesn’t stay tight to the building, which means if we got some water on that sill pan, you got to put your sill pans in, it’ll leak out. They’ve also stamped on there “do not seal, don’t tape shut”, right? We want to let that water out.

And another thing I thought was cool Will is, they’ve got these plastic shims built in now. So you don’t have to shim them yourself, they actually are going to come with that to keep it up off the pan. So these shims are actually built in, is what they told us, which also allows you to put a pry bar in there and if your sill is not flat, you could pry the window and get it set.

I’ll tell you what Will, last night at the Press event, I had to install a window by myself. Well, you ran the track, I tried to beat you in the Porsche but you were able to beat me. You see these times behind us, I mean you can do it a lot faster than I can go four laps. I got to say, for a one-man install and for an install inside the building rather than on a ladder, very very fast time.

So in less time than it took Will to do five miles in a Porsche on a pretty windy course, I’ll give him that. I was able to set a window in like 4 minutes by myself and I’ve never really done that before.

How about we give these guys a quick install here? All right, so we got to flip these around, okay? So that’s the first thing you’re going to do and these have a positive engagement when you pop them in which is really nice, you can hear the click.

And one of the things that we had, the biggest deal to me about it is that we’re totally flush on the inside now, how many times have you seen trim Carpenters bust out drywall going around the window? This is going to totally eliminate that.

So all right, so we got those flipped around, so then the first thing we got to do is just set it in the hole and you’re going to set it sill first, yep. And then notice here when we go in with our top, this friction clip is going to catch, right? Okay, yep, so there we go, check that out.

And those clips now at the top are holding. So this isn’t going to fall in, if the wind caught it it’s not going to catch us now. Those obviously are not for final engagement. You’re actually going to need to screw this in.

Let’s put one or two screws in just to hold. There’s going to be 12 screws around, two per clip, and of course that probably would vary, I suspect if they had a bigger window. I got the wrong bit. Oh, that’s fun. That was the right one, just put one or two in there, and then we’ll show you the flashing. This is not a window install video, by the way.

Normally, we’re going to put a level on the sill and the jamb, right? We’re going to shim it as necessary. We’re really showing you the innovation here, not the install. So we’re just going to put two on there and check out this cool display that they’ve got.

Brian, you can actually flip this thing around. Will you flip your pan over there? So now we can see the outside. Okay, so you do need a ladder in the end if this is a second story window, but we only need that ladder for flashing tape. The window is set at this point. It’s structurally sound. It’s not going anywhere.

And then all we do, Will, is grab these things and pop them off. That’s right, that’s going to keep that flexible flange tight to the window during install. So really, when you’re going through the opening, you don’t run the risk of tearing it.

So you’re going to kind of roll it to the outside a little bit. Roll to the inside, yeah, I messed you up. Roll to the inside, yeah, there we go, took me a second, okay.

And then that thing just kind of unfolds, and check out those cool folded corners, man. That is so awesome. So now if you’re the one man on the ladder, all you’re having to do is grab this tape and then you’re just going to be taping that flange down. So pretty straightforward. I don’t know that we need to flash the whole thing, Will, but basically you would do your side jams first and stop those just above your header, there you go brother.

And this is obviously not real flashing tape, this is a demo tape because this isn’t a real WRB. So we’re going to tape both sides down, and then we’re going to tape off the head here, right? So you go across the top after we did both sides. And now you’re going to see this is a fully flashed installed window. Very impressive. And no fasteners on the outside.

I mean steady set, this is going to make it a lot safer on the jobsite, Will. How about cost? How much of an add is this? So they told us last night, Matt, it’s actually going to be the same cost as their blue fin window, which is their traditional nailing flange. So to buy this now, zero cost difference, so it’s not even an upgrade. So it’s just going to be standard.

So this is one of those things that you’re like, why didn’t anyone think of this before? This is so smart, right? I know, I know, it’s awesome. I’m excited, very impressive guys, big deal from Pella. Go check this out, this is available for my understanding Nationwide, yep.

It’ll be available this summer Nationwide. And I’m going to be building a house, that our windows are just about in order with steady set that we’re going to be building from, so stay tuned for that. Thanks, Will, absolutely.

Brian, you know we like talking about insulation on the build show, yes. Thermal is like the number one topic, yeah, we talk a lot about it. So we’re back at the Atlas Booth, by the way, Brian. These guys are sponsoring the Risinger build. I’m doing a 24-part episode, 24 part series on a brand new house in Austin. You’ll have to come out and visit it. It’s going to be the show House for build show live.

And all our insulation on our, not under slab, on our top of slab, pardon me, on our walls, on our roof, we’re going to be using some different Atlas products. So let me tell you about a few of them that are brand new.

First off, Brian, energy Shield XR, uh, this is a very high R value poly ISO. I actually forget the R value per inch, but it’s probably going to say right here, look, yep. 2 in gives us R 13.1. That’s pretty impressive. This is an under slab one, uh, but we’re going to be using it top of slab. So I’ve got an existing slab, we’re adding onto the slab.

Have you seen the Steve basic detail that he does, this uh, like the foam free slab, or what have not? Foam free concrete free? No, we could use it in that situation, but I’m, I’m pouring a full slab and I’m dropping this uh energy Shield XR on top of my slab and then I’m going to do two layers of Advant on top.

I’ll thermally break my entire slab with this product. It’s also a real high PSI. This is like 25 psi, so we’re not going to be able to compress this product. It’s going to be really nice for that. Also intended for below grade, real high r value per inch, good stuff.

You got something else that’s cool from these guys? Yeah, so one of the things, even like if you’re trying to bring your duct work into conditioned space, but you do still distribute in the attic, is how do you get insulation over the top of it, yeah, or like a retrofit, exactly, yeah. And you still want air flow, so you’ll usually put a nail your structural sheathing to have that roof diaphragm, but then what they have is kind of an all-in-one product, which I always like.

This is a fiber reinforced faer, okay? So the foam is the same, facing is a little different. And then what they have in here is kind of like your Styrofoam cup, but it’s a higher compressive strength, yeah, this like geofoam, right? Yeah, exactly. So if you were doing like, you know, industrial, civil engineering product projects, which, not doing, if you try squeezing that, it doesn’t squeeze like a styrofoam, yeah, that’s legit.

So then this ends up being your nail base over the top for your cladding, yeah. And then so like you’re nailing your shingles on here, let’s say, but you’ve got that air gap on there.

And if you check out their chart, it’s a bit of an IT test here Brian, but they’ve got this in 1 in inch and a half and 2 in air spaces, uh, plus they can vary the thickness on this AC foam right here, so we can get this 1 in, uh, up to I’m not even sure but quite a bit of thickness.

So then you’ve got this thick panel that you’re either going to nail or screw down into your rafter. So this would be a great way to retrofit if you’re making condition attic from an old house. And it is uh, cross ventilated, yeah, so you can see come through here way, but then you’ve got the cross ventilation through there, that’s pretty sweet.

So we can get some ventilation from our Eve all the way out our ridge vent, exact, all the way through that under roof, yep. That’s really best practice when we’re Roofing, we want that vent space for that uh, forgiveness in system. It might also keep your clad in cooler, yep, which is a nice thing from an energy perspective. That’s right, always good to hang out with my friends at Atlas.

We’re here at design and construction week 20224. What’s up guys, I’m Stephanie Daly and I’m Matt Risinger. We’re at the West Lake Royal Building Products booth and we got CJ, the head product guy here. CJ, this new siding product you’ve got is great, tell us a little bit about what you have here at the show today.

Well, at the show, we’re introducing a new product, VGR siding. This product can be installed horizontally or vertically, and it offers all the same benefits as the rest of our select lines. So this is a PVC product, right? Yes, but this doesn’t seem like traditional PVC. It’s really thick and feels really strong.

Yeah, so this is a cellular composite core product. It absorbs virtually no water, which is the enemy of low maintenance siding. In terms of low maintenance, how low maintenance are we talking about here?

Well, we also coat it with a Kynar finish. Kynar finishes are renowned for their UV stability, which means we’re so confident in this product’s performance that we offer a 25-year warranty.

A 25-year warranty, that’s impressive. That’s got to be one of the lowest maintenance products you could have on the outside of your house. I believe it is, yes.

That’s pretty cool. Now, how does this work? It looks like there’s some kind of tongue and groove at the butt joints. Is that what I’m seeing? Yeah, so we’ve got a gravity lock here. This gravity lock does three cool things. First of all, it’s great for installation. So when you put it on the wall, you simply drop it down.

The second thing it does is it gives very high wind resistance because you in essence have two points of attachment to the wall. The third thing it does is it creates an air gap that allows any moisture that gets behind the siding to evaporate out. So you’ve got a good wall system.

That’s pretty cool, a really cool product. I love how it kind of goes together. We also discuss the product’s cost, with the automatic version retailing at about $3,500. The manual version, depending on the size, will cost anywhere between $900 to $1300. It’s very reasonable.

Yeah, can you give us, I know I’m going to put you on the spot here, but can you give us any range for cost for some of these products? Yeah, so the automatic version will retail at about $3,500. The manual version, depending on the size, will cost anywhere between $900 to $1300. It’s very reasonable.

I must say, most attic ladders in Texas are really rickety pieces of garbage that are not worth installing. These ladders, on the other hand, are really well built and very nice. Thank you very much for your comments. Good stuff from Fakro. Yep, thanks a lot.

All right guys, look who I ran into, the famous Larry Clay. Extremely famous! You’re the one who’s famous. I’ve made a couple videos, but in Larry’s neck of the woods, we’re talking past president of the Canadian Home Builders Association. When I went to Vancouver everyone knows Larry in Vancouver. You were a celebrity builder in Vancouver. Well everybody knows you here, nobody knows me.

All right, so Larry, I got a build show sticker for you because you know you got the boss shirt on, but I think a build boss. When I went and bought the shirt they had electricians, they had plumbers, and I picked this one. What do you got for me? Well I have a sticker for you. What’s the sticker? That’s the build show live sticker, how about that? Nice.

All right, so Larry, I’ve seen you use a lot of rock wool in your jobs and I was shocked, frankly, when I visited Vancouver a couple years ago, how advanced a lot of the builders are there. You guys are doing an amazing job up there with really high performance. And I’ve heard that some of that has been driven by this 2029 code change. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Yeah, so by 2032, all homes have to be at Step 5 Net Zero passive, so we routinely are putting a layer of rock wool around our homes, 2″ up to 6″. That’s impressive, Larry.

Let’s check out a few other assemblies here. This is interesting – rock wool in the cavity and then they’re showing how we could thermally separate this space from here. Then they’ve got a below-grade application. Are you using any, you guys do basements?

We do. We will use it on the inside but not so much on the outside, but it’s a great application. That makes sense.

And then they’re also showing some Rockwool in the floor assembly. Do you guys do crawl spaces or do you typically do in-ground? We typically do in-ground full basements, but we can use this under the slab as well.

It’s been a pleasure hanging out with you, Larry. You guys do fantastic work. Everyone, make sure to check out Larry on Instagram. He and his team are constantly posting amazing videos. Sean, who works with Larry, is particularly impressive. He consistently elevates the culture of our team, and we love him for it.

You guys do incredible work up in Vancouver, British Columbia, right? All right, guys, thanks for joining us at the Rockwool Booth during the Design and Construction Week 2024. See you next year!

Hey, everyone! We’re coming to you from the Benjamin Obdyke Booth. I’ve been friends with these guys for a long time. They’ve got some really interesting products that are new to them this year, like Invisawrap SA. This is intended for an open joint cladding system. They also offer a UV-resistant Batten.

But take a look at this – it’s a peel-and-stick product which I’m a big fan of. It ensures good airtightness along with waterproofing. They’ve really embraced the acrylic adhesive. This has an acrylic adhesive on the back but is UV-stable. And by the way, it’s 10 perms so it’s permeable, which is good for our Northern climates.

They’ve also had this product on the market for a while. It’s a housewrap with a kind of dimple membrane. So HydroGap is going to ensure that if something gets past your cladding, it’s going to have a drainage plane to drain and dry out rather than being uptight against your house wrap.

Here’s the product that I really want to mention because we’re thinking about using this on the Risinger build project. They’re calling it Vapor Dry, big rolls. But again, it’s an acrylic adhesive rather than asphalt-based. And a few things I like about this: It’s vapor open, with 12 perms.

But it’s rated up to 250°, so we can use this underneath a metal roof or a cedar roof. And now if there’s moisture that needs to get out of the house, it has some permeability, unlike some of the asphaltic products that are zero perm, effectively creating a plastic barrier on the outside.

This gives you some additional forgiveness when you use a cedar roof. You’re going to put their Cedar Breather product, which everyone kind of knows them for. This is going to make a great assembly.

Also interesting to note, they’ve got this cold roof assembly for the really cold climate folks building in New England, where you’ve got insulation on the top and a SIPs panel on the roof. You’re going to use that Vapor Dry here, with their Cedar Breather, and then you’re going to put another layer with another layer of Vapor Dry.

This is a cool product. I’m excited about this Vapor Dry, an acrylic adhesive, vapor permeable. Very few manufacturers make this. Could we talk about what it might complain about in the house? We P 100, Builders, squeaky floors.

All right, let’s get back to the team Recog. The people who face the elements head-on are Hector and Marcel. We’re efficient builders, doing some great content and great work. We’re going to kick off today with a little bit of talk about what we’ve been seeing.

We’ve seen a lot of drone footage over the years, but the yellow popping on that floor is very different. What am I looking at with X Factor compared to the regular? Yeah, so it’s already a premium product. We’re taking it to a whole other level.

All right guys, we’re at the Pella booth. They’ve got a brand new innovation, and Will King and I actually had a big launch last night. This is called Steady Set. Will, you’ve used their windows for a long time, haven’t you?

I have. I’ve been using Pella for probably eight years, Matt. So this innovation, Will, is totally different. I’ve never seen any manufacturer with anything like this before. This is a brand new innovation that’s going to change the whole industry of how we install windows, so it’s huge. This is wild, something you’ve never seen before for sure.

So let’s walk these guys through what Steady Set is. Most windows over the years have some kind of nailing flange on the outside, right? And we’re carrying that window up a ladder if we’re installing a second-floor window. We’ve got some strong people outside holding that window up.

We’ve got people with a screw gun, they’re trying not to lose their footing on the ladder. They’re outside, they’re precarious. This window, on the other hand, totally changes the game because this window, even though it’s got a flashing flange, does not have a nailing flange. It’s actually installed from the inside.

So let’s walk these guys through this. Well, these brackets, how do they work? They come as you see here, so it’s going to be flat to the inside but you’re going to pull them out like you just did, you just flip it. And so once you flip it around, and you’re going to get this based on this is for a 2×4 wall, okay?

But if you’re going to do a 2×6 wall, you’d get the right clip that’s going to get your reveal perfect on the inside. And they lock in, you’ll hear it click. So the structural connection now is on the inside of the window or inside the house, not the outside.

So we’re going to do that with all four of those clips to start with, and we don’t need to do that right now. In fact, let’s show you on this sample window up here. It might be a little easier to see on this small guy. So, let’s say all those clips now are flipped. Here’s where the big innovation comes from, the window now is going to install from the inside of the building, right?

Now check this out, this is really cool. This will come off and reveal a continuous flashing flange all the way around. I like this. Yes, all one piece. So how many times have you seen windows that had a flexible flange where when you opened it you had this kind of open corner and when you’re inside looking out you see that pinhole?

Even if you put that corner pad on, for years I’ve put extra flashing tape right here on my windows. But now you don’t have to do it because this whole thing is going to move out. This looks really nice and waterproof.

So now our zip tape, our flashing tape, whatever we’re doing, is going to adhere to this. Also by the way, this is flexible. So we have a little bit of forgiveness built into the system, and this is flexible in the corner too. So this can be, if your framing was a little bit off, if your sheathing was a little thicker a little thinner, this is going to adapt to that and make a really nice flashing flange.

Now another piece of this puzzle I think is really cool, Will, is these teeth up here. You know what they call that? It’s just a head clip. So basically when you set this window in, you’re going to put it in the bottom of the window first and then or the bottom of the opening. And then when you push it in, this is just a friction clip.

So basically it keeps the window from from being able to come back on top of you, got it? So it really makes it a one-man installation at that point because you’re eliminating two people trying to fight it from falling out of the house, like you would from the outside.

So from the inside, it’s going to hold it in. So friction. Now one thing I was concerned about though, are these just regular Pine windows? Or what is this? So they, they have different species of wood they use depending on what you’re ordering. But this is going to be just a pine window, but so it’s treated though.

And that’s the part, Pella’s been really good at wood windows for a long time. But it’s treated, and so this finger-jointed Pine, they actually treat each piece of wood before they join it together. And to my knowledge, the only one in the industry doing that. So you get a lot of protection even though it is a wood window. That’s pretty neat.

Now a couple of other innovations I want to mention too, Will, they’ve made the bottom part of that flashing flange kind of corrugated so that it makes sure it doesn’t stay tight to the building, which means if we got some water on that sill pan, you got to put your sill pans in, it’ll leak out. They’ve also stamped on there “do not seal, don’t tape the shut”, right? We want to let that water out.

And another thing I thought was cool Will is, they’ve got these plastic shims built in now. So you don’t have to shim them yourself, they actually are going to come with that to keep it up off the pan. So these shims are actually built in, is what they told us, which also allows you to put a pry bar in there and if your sill is not flat, you could pry the window and get it set.

I’ll tell you what Will, last night at the Press event, I had to install a window by myself. Well, you ran the track, I tried to beat you in the Porsche but you were able to beat me. You see these times behind us, I mean you can do it a lot faster than I can go four laps. I got to say, for a one-man install and for an install inside the building rather than on a ladder, very very fast time.

So in less time than it took Will to do five miles in a Porsche on a pretty windy course, I’ll give him that. I was able to set a window in like 4 minutes by myself and I’ve never really done that before.

How about we give these guys a quick install here? All right, so we got to flip these around, okay? So that’s the first thing you’re going to do and these have a positive engagement when you pop them in which is really nice, you can hear the click.

And one of the things that we had, the biggest deal to me about it is that we’re totally flush on the inside now, how many times have you seen trim Carpenters bust out drywall going around the window? This is going to totally eliminate that.

So all right, so we got those flipped around, so then first thing we got to do is just set it in the hole and you’re going to set it sill first, yep. And then notice here when we go in with our top, this friction clip is going to catch, right? Okay, yep, so there we go, check that out.

And those clips now at the top are holding. So this isn’t going to fall in, if the wind caught it it’s not going to catch us now. Those obviously are not for final engagement. You’re actually going to need to screw this in.

Let’s put one or two screws in just to hold. There’s going to be 12 screws around, two per clip, and of course that probably would vary, I suspect if they had a bigger window. I got the wrong bit. Oh, that’s fun. That was the right one, just put one or two in there, and then we’ll show you the flashing. This is not a window install video, by the way.

Normally, we’re going to put a level on the sill and the jamb, right? We’re going to shim it as necessary. We’re really showing you the innovation here, not the install. So we’re just going to put two on there and check out this cool display that they’ve got.

Brian, you can actually flip this thing around. Will you flip your pan over there? So now we can see the outside. Okay, so you do need a ladder in the end if this is a second story window, but we only need that ladder for flashing tape. The window is set at this point. It’s structurally sound. It’s not going anywhere.

And then all we do, Will, is grab these things and pop them off. That’s right, that’s going to keep that flexible flange tight to the window during install. So really, when you’re going through the opening, you don’t run the risk of tearing it.

So you’re going to kind of roll it to the outside a little bit. Roll to the inside, yeah, I messed you up. Roll to the inside, yeah, there we go, took me a second, okay.

And then that thing just kind of unfolds, and check out those cool folded corners, man. That is so awesome. So now if you’re the one man on the ladder, all you’re having to do is grab this tape and then you’re just going to be taping that flange down. So it’s pretty straightforward. I don’t know that we need to flash the whole thing, Will, but basically you would do your side jams first and stop those just above your header, there you go, brother.

And this is obviously not real flashing tape, this is a demo tape because this isn’t a real WRB. So we’re going to tape both sides down, and then we’re going to tape off the head here, right? So you go across the top after we did both sides. And now you’re going to see this is a fully flashed installed window. Very impressive. And no fasteners on the outside.

I mean, Steady Set, this is going to make it a lot safer on the jobsite, Will. How about cost? How much of an add is this? So they told us last night, Matt, it’s actually going to be the same cost as their blue fin window, which is their traditional nailing flange. So to buy this now, zero cost difference, so it’s not even an upgrade. So it’s just going to be standard.

So this is one of those things that you’re like, why didn’t anyone think of this before? This is so smart, right? I know, I know, it’s awesome. I’m excited, very impressive guys, big deal from Pella. Go check this out, this is available for my understanding Nationwide, yep.

It’ll be available this summer Nationwide. And I’m going to be building a house, that our windows are just about in order with Steady Set that we’re going to be building from, so stay tuned for that. Thanks, Will, absolutely.

Brian, you know we like talking about insulation on the build show, yes. Thermal is like the number one topic, yeah, we talk a lot about it. So we’re back at the Atlas Booth, by the way, Brian. These guys are sponsoring the Risinger build. I’m doing a 24-part episode, a 24-part series on a brand new house in Austin. You’ll have to come out and visit it. It’s going to be the show House for the build show live.

And all our insulation on our, not under the slab, on top of the slab, pardon me, on our walls, on our roof, we’re going to be using some different Atlas products. So let me tell you about a few of them that are brand new.

First off, Brian, energy Shield XR, this is a very high R value poly ISO. I actually forget the R value per inch, but it’s probably going to say right here, look, yep. 2 inches gives us an R 13.1. That’s pretty impressive. This is an under slab one, but we’re going to be using it on top of the slab. So I’ve got an existing slab, we’re adding onto the slab.

Have you seen the Steve Basic detail that he does, this foam-free slab, or whatnot? Foam-free, concrete-free? No, we could use it in that situation, but I’m, I’m pouring a full slab and I’m dropping this energy Shield XR on top of my slab and then I’m going to do two layers of Advant on top.

I’ll thermally break my entire slab with this product. It’s also a real high PSI. This is like 25 psi, so we’re not going to be able to compress this product. It’s going to be really nice for that. Also intended for below grade, real high r-value per inch, good stuff.

You got something else that’s cool from these guys? Yeah, so one of the things, even like if you’re trying to bring your duct work into conditioned space, but you do still distribute in the attic, is how do you get insulation over the top of it, yeah, or like a retrofit, exactly, yeah. And you still want airflow, so you’ll usually put a nail your structural sheathing to have that roof diaphragm, but then what they have is kind of an all-in-one product, which I always like.

This is a fiber-reinforced faer, okay? So the foam is the same, facing is a little different. And then what they have in here is kind of like your Styrofoam cup, but it’s a higher compressive strength, yeah, this like geofoam, right? Yeah, exactly. So if you were doing like, you know, industrial, civil engineering product projects, which, not doing, if you try squeezing that, it doesn’t squeeze like a styrofoam, yeah, that’s legit.

So then this ends up being your nail base over the top for your cladding, yeah. And then so like you’re nailing your shingles on here, let’s say, but you’ve got that air gap on there.

And if you check out their chart, it’s a bit of an IT test here Brian, but they’ve got this in 1 inch, inch and a half and 2-inch air spaces, plus they can vary the thickness on this AC foam right here, so we can get this 1 inch, up to I’m not even sure but quite a bit of thickness.

So then you’ve got this thick panel that you’re either going to nail or screw down into your rafter. So this would be a great way to retrofit if you’re making a conditioned attic from an old house. And it is cross-ventilated, yeah, so you can see come through here way, but then you’ve got the cross ventilation through there, that’s pretty sweet.

So we can get some ventilation from our eve all the way out our ridge vent, exactly, all the way through that under roof, yep. That’s really best practice when we’re roofing, we want that vent space for that forgiveness in the system. It might also keep your cladding cooler, yep, which is a nice thing from an energy perspective. That’s right, always good to hang out with my friends at Atlas.

We’re here at Design and Construction Week 2024. What’s up guys, I’m Stephanie Daly and I’m Matt Risinger. We’re at the Westlake Royal Building Products booth and we got CJ, the head product guy here. CJ, this new siding product you’ve got is great, tell us a little bit about what you have here at the show today.

Well, at the show, we’re introducing a new product, VGR siding. This product can be installed horizontally or vertically, and it offers all the same benefits as the rest of our select lines. So this is a PVC product, right? Yes, but this doesn’t seem like traditional PVC. It’s really thick and feels really strong.

Yeah, so this is a cellular composite core product. It absorbs virtually no water, which is the enemy of low maintenance siding. In terms of low maintenance, how low maintenance are we talking about here?

Well, we also coat it with a Kynar finish. Kynar finishes are renowned for their UV stability, which means we’re so confident in this product’s performance that we offer a 25-year warranty.

A 25-year warranty, that’s impressive. That’s got to be one of the lowest maintenance products you could have on the outside of your house. I believe it is, yes.

That’s pretty cool. Now, how does this work? It looks like there’s some kind of tongue and groove at the butt joints. Is that what I’m seeing? Yeah, so we’ve got a gravity lock here.

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