DensElement Barrier System Passes Drainage Testing

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum’s DensElement Barrier System, an integrated gypsum sheathing water-resistive barrier and air barrier (WRB-AB), has passed testing as a substrate in exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) with drainage.

To be recognized as an approved WRB-AB sheathing, three criteria have to be met for use as an EIFS substrate:

  • Be building code compliant
  • Meet EIFS water drainage
  • Adhesion criteria

The DensElement Barrier System was tested with EIFS manufactured by Parex USA, Sto Corp. and Dryvit Systems. In all three cases, it exceeded the requirements:

  • Building Code Compliant- The DensElement Barrier System conforms with IBC, IRC and IECC building code, including National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285, Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-load bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components.
  • EIFS Water Drainage- The DensElement Barrier System passed the water drainage test where the EIFS assemblies applied to the WRB-AB sheathing require drainage testing in accordance with ASTM E2273, Standard Test Method for Determining the Drainage Efficiency of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Clad Wall Assemblies.
  • Adhesion- The DensElement Barrier System passed ASTM C297, Standard Test Method for Flatwise Tensile Strength of Sandwich Constructions (an adhesion-to-sheathing test for compliance with ASTM E2568, Standard Specification for PB Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems ).

DensElement Barrier System serves as the building’s water-resistive barrier and continuous air barrier, when the joints, fasteners, penetrations, openings and transitions are sealed with PROSOCO FastFlash liquid flashing. The DensElement Barrier System holds an International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Evaluation Report (ESR-3786) for IRC, IBC, and IECC compliance.

To complete an EIFS installation, insulation should be adhered with vertical ribbons of adhesive applied directly to the DensElement Barrier System. Top-coating the sheathing with a fluid-applied membrane, which would have served as the WRB-AB, is no longer necessary. Contractors and architects benefit with a fast installation time, lower installed-cost EIFS applications, WRB-AB vapor permeability and moisture resistance when using the 3-in1 DensElement Barrier System.

For more information, including installation details and limited warranty details, visit the DensElement site.

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