AccuFrame® Energy Seal is a new economical innovation designed to help provide a solution to the increased energy efficiency demands required in new home construction.
Today's builders are struggling to meet production demands with a limited skilled-labor pool while simultaneously trying to meet new energy code mandates. AccuFrame® Energy Seal can help solve both problems!
"..it appears that the AccuFrame product can provide much of the air leakage control needed for homebuilders…to meet the tough new Air Leakage requirements of the ECCCNYS-2016."
Michael DeWein, Strategic Program Director, Leidos
The AccuFrame® Energy Seal is an onsite solution that mitigates air leakage by incorporating a framing gasket into exterior walls resulting in 4-way sealing of lineal gaps that has been shown to reduce air infiltration by more than 75% (ASTM E283). As of early 2017, nine states (with others to follow soon) require compliance with the IECC 2015 new-housing air leakage standards. This requires that all new homes, when tested at a 50 Pa pressure differential, 'shall not exceed' 5 air changes/hour (ACH) in US climate zones 1 and 2 (warmer areas) and 3 ACH in the remaining cooler zones 3-8. Homes meeting the requirements will receive a “Certificate of Occupancy” which will be necessary for sale of the structure. Because the building must be largely completed before the testing can be performed, builders get one shot at achieving the air leakage standards, if the building doesn’t pass, costly rework and retesting must be done to insure compliance with code. Rework and retesting can be prohibitively expensive, each test alone can cost up to $500 – nearly twice the average cost per home of The AccuFrame® Energy Seal!Learn more
Your product offers a solution to a critical air sealing step for all builders. Its benefits are realized almost immediately- through lower heating and cooling costs and even more importantly, a more comfortable home for its occupants.
AccuFrame® Energy Seal helps solve two problems at once! The AccuFrame® Energy Seal method allows builders to optimize scarce framing labor by providing workers with a template for stud placement that also serves as an air isolation gasket once it's in place. By preprinting framing stud locations on a pliable gasket substrate that attaches to the wall plates, workers can quickly place and nail the studs to the plates, integrating the gasket into the frame (installation video). When the exterior sheathing is attached to the completed wall frame, the AccuFrame® gasket, which runs the length of the wall plate, is compressed between the plate and the sheathing, automatically forming another air-flow barrier. This 4-way sealing reduces air intrusion by more than 75% (ASTM E283).
AccuFrame® Energy Seal is a relatively new product but has undergone a substantial amount of testing in engineering laboratories and recently in a whole house test. Results have been impressive in state agency architectural testing labs and in actual whole house construction testing.