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Insulated Composite Backup Panels

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Exterior walls have always been a key element of the overall building envelope to define the separation between indoor and outdoor space. In its earliest forms, solid masonry and stone provided this function but as lighter weight materials such as steel emerged, new exterior wall systems made of multiple components became commonplace. In recent years, the importance of energy conservation andgreen building design have focused increased attention on the details of how these exterior walls are designed, assembled, and actually perform in numerous ways. This attention has created new options for how walls are constructed using improved products that address all of the performance issues of exterior walls. One of the most versatile and promising products now available in support of this focus are insulated composite backup panels (ICBP).


1. Identify key energy flow performance issues in conventional exterior wall assemblies related to insulation, thermal bridging, air barriers and water barriers.
2. Comprehend the nature of exterior wall material problems caused by failures or compromises in components of conventional wall assemblies.
3. Investigate strategies for creating innovative, sustainable wall assemblies when insulated composite backup panels (ICBP) are used over steel framing.
4. Recognize the green building benefits of ICBP wall system technology and how it can be superior to multi-component assemblies.

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