Used on nearly every type of surface, plastic wall covering has grown in popularity, increasingly serving as a design tool of choice for homeowners. Durable and easy to clean, vinyl products offer the added benefit of longevity. Vinyl’s longevity is the reason they compose a very small fraction of the materials that are disposed of in landfills each year.
Furthermore, the energy required to manufacture vinyl wall coverings is only half as much as that needed to produce the same amount of an alternative wall covering.
Vinyl wall coverings also offer favorable Indoor Air Quality attributes since this plastic has a relatively low potential for odors or emissions. Studies show considerably higher levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from some paints than from vinyl wall coverings. Painting a room with oil and/or solvent-based paints can result in emissions of approximately nine times the amount of VOCs released by vinyl wallcoverings incorporating water-based adhesives and inks. Properly installed vinyl products have no recognized adverse impact on indoor air quality—the small amount of VOCs emitted dissipate quickly through normal ventilation.
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Drain the Rain on the Plane
This blog accompanies 1-2 minute videos (11-14) of www.GreenBuildingSolutions.org’s new educational videos on the perfect wall. They present Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng, ASHRAE Fellow of BuildingScience.com, an international...Read More
Attaching Exterior Wall Cladding Through Foam Plastic Insulating Sheathing (FPIS) to Wood or Steel Framing
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Saving Energy Through High Performance Buildings
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Energy and Greenhouse Gas Savings Using Rigid Foam Sheathing or Spray Foam Applied to Exterior Walls of Single Family Residential Housing in the U.S. And Canada
This analysis is a case study that examines energy savings and subsequent greenhouse gas emission reductions resulting from the addition of rigid plastic foam or spray foam sheathing to the exterior walls of single family housing...Download Resource
Plastics Energy and Greenhouse Gas Savings Using Rigid Foam Sheathing Applied to Exterior Walls of Single Family Residential Housing in the U.S. And Canada – a Case Study
This analysis is a case study that examines energy savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions resulting from the addition of rigid plastic foam sheathing to the exterior walls of single family housing in the United...Download Resource