Function & Code Requirements
Water resistive barriers are not required over concrete or masonry walls. Water resistive barriers are required over stud wall construction. As per 18.104.22.168 of the 2006 Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures ( reported by the Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC) “design and detail the backing system of exterior veneer to resist water penetration. Exterior sheathing shall be covered with a water-resistant membrane, unless the sheathing is water resistant and the joints are sealed.” Chapter 1404.2 of the 2006 International Building Code requires that a minimum of one layer of No.15 asphalt felt or other approved material shall be attached to the studs or sheathing so as to provide a continuous water resistive barrier behind the exterior wall veneer. Felt paper is commonly applied over exterior sheathing on wood or metal stud construction.
The International Building Code and International Residential Code typically requires that subgrade walls be dampproofed for conditions where hydrostatic pressure will not occur, and waterproofed where hydrostatic pressures may exist. Waterproofing systems include but are not limited to 2- or 3-ply hot-mopped felts, 50 mil rubberized asphalt, 40 mil polyurethane rubber, 20 mil vulcanized rubber, and 20 mil thermoplastic sheets. The barrier is part of a comprehensive system, which includes proper wall construction and the installation of drains, gutters, and proper grading.
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Companies Offering Air Barriers
|Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.||Hauppauge||NY|
|Mortar Net Solutions||Portage||IN|
|Advanced Building Products, Inc.||Sanford||ME|
|Ernest Maier, Inc.||Bladensburg||MD|
|Midwest Block & Brick||Bridgeton||MO|
|Masonry Accessories, Inc.||Orlando||FL|
|Thompson Building Materials, Inc.||San Diego||CA|
|United Brick||Des Moines||IA|
|Waldo Bros. Company||Boston||MA|