Brick Veneer with XPS Ultra Continuous Insulation & Metal Stud Backup





 Interior Finish (vapor permeable)--
 Interior Gypsum Board (Type X) -
 Metal Stud (18 GA. Min. @16” O.C.)- -
 Stud Cavity Insulation (Optional)Dow2" Styrofoam CM-2045 SPF
 Exterior Gypsum Sheathing* - -
 Self Adhered Air/Water/Vapor Barrier**Carlisle705 FR-A
 Continuous Insulation**Dow2 1/2" Styrofoam Ultra XPS
 Masonry TiesHeckmannPos-I-Tie
 Brick Veneer**--

* For a 1 hour fire rating change Exterior Gypsum Sheathing to Fire Rated Exterior Gypsum Sheathing.

** Product recommendations are based on Type I-IV construction requiring NFPA 285 assembly acceptance criteria compliance per IBC 2015 Sections 1403.5 & 2603.5.5.

*** Note that specific conditions are required at the head detail of fenestration openings to maintain NFPA 285 compliance.

Assembly Performance:

(proposed clear wall U-Factors are approximately 8% | 30% better than code and have 93% | 82% thermal effectiveness)

 Clear Wall

Code Minimum
(IECC 2015 - Metal Framed)


Design R-Value: aR-13 + R-7.5ciR-14ci  |  R-12.8 + R-14ci
Total R-Value:N/AR-18.78  |  R-31.58
Effective R-Value:cN/AR-17.43  |  R-25.75
Design U-Factor: a, bU-0.064U-0.059  |  U-0.045
Effective U-Factor: cN/AU-0.057  |  U-0.039
Assembly Air Permeability0.04 cfm/ft2 @75Pa0.0014 cfm/ft2 @75Pa

Clear wall meets energy code thermal requirements without stud cavity insulation.

Clear wall U-Factor is based on the stud size & spacing noted above and is calculated per IECC 2015 & ASHRAE 90.1-2013 Appendix A.

Clear wall effective thermal performance is based on the stud size & spacing noted above, manufacturer literature and industry studies on the thermal performance of facades.


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