SR234 Investigation into the performance of brick veneer walls installed with urea formaldehyde foam insulation - a case study (2010)
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- M. J. Bassett, I. Cox-Smith, M. E. Hearfield, M. S. Jones, S. McNeil, N. J. Marston and G. E. Overton
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- Study report
Study report to evaluate the properties of Urea Formaldegyde Foam Insulation (UFFI) and the effect UFFI has on the moisture management processes within brick veneer construction.
This work examined the tendency for water running down the inner face of a brick veneer wall to be transported across cavity fill insulation to the position of the wall wrap. The results indicated that the foam fill, in the water managed cavity, has provided drainage paths to the wall wrap position, and so does not meet New Zealand Building Code criteria (that there should be no systemic water bridging from the back of the cladding to the wall wrap position).
Further work to monitor the humidity and timber moisture content of cavity filled brick veneer walls was also examined and completed. The results indicate that the drying of the timber framing after UFFI installation is a slow process with timber moisture contents still above the pre-UFFI levels several weeks after installation