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    EIFS damage

    EIFS cladding damage due to water and moisture

    February 2, 2009 New EIFS technology gains entry into 2009 International Building Code, This link has not been checked.Online source

    Related to OSB: "Recently weve heard that walls in many Southeastern homes covered with the Exterior Finish and Insulation System (EIFS) were rotting. Rigid foam insulation was applied over OSB and coated with a stucco-like covering. When the exterior foam boards were removed, wet, rotted, crumbling osb was exposed. Osb was slammed in the press. The problem really isnt osbs fault. All cases Im familiar with were caused by improper installation of flashing or protective coverings" -- Fisette, 1997, Choosing between oriented strandboard and plywood

    This link was checked on Dec. 2006Problems, Causes and Solutions (www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/publications/en/rh-pr/tech/2000-120.htm) by CMHC

    Photos: This link was checked on Dec. 2006New Hanover County, The E.I.F.S. Phenomenon, 6 pages of photos

    This link was checked on Dec. 2006EIFS damage photos

    Related References (10)
    in Seattle
    Condo owners' deluge of woe, by Sorensen, E., 1998
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    Exterior insulation and finish systems, by Nisson, N. and Best, D., 1999
    EIFS insulation damage
    Exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS): problems, causes and solutions, by Mattock, C., 1991
    damage case study
    Literature review of exterior insulation finish systems and stucco finishes, by Cheple, M. and Huelman, P. H., 2000
    EIFS in BC
    Survey of building envelope failures in the coastal climate of British Columbia, by Morrison Hershfield Limited, 1998
    $20 million law suit settlement in North Carolina
    Synthetic stucco (EIFS) settlement will provide up to $20 million for homeowners nationwide, by Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll's, 1998
    another Dryvit Systems EIFS law suit
    Tentative settlement of EIFS class action with parex announced, by Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll's, 1999
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    The fundamental flaw of EIFS, by Lstiburek, J., 1995
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    Thousands more leaky condos as crisis spreads to highrises: Problems are surfacing with mould, exterior panels , by Boei, W., 2002
    5 papers
    Water problems in building exterior walls: evaluation, prevention, and repair, by Boyd, J. M. and Scheffler, M. J. (ed.), 1999



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