February 17, 2012


This report compares the moisture related performance of an exterior insulated wall to the performance of two other common construction methods, side-by-side. The data presented is a subset of experimental data from a multi-phase, multi-year research project at the Vancouver Field Exposure Test Facility led by Building Science Corporation (BSC) and Gauvin 2000 Construction Limited. The analysis includes results from normal operating conditions in a high stress exterior moisture environment (typical of the Pacific Northwest climate) and under intentional controlled wettings to the interior and exterior of the sheathing. There were no measured or observed moisture related durability concerns of the wood structural sheathing when 1.5” of exterior insulation was installed.