EIFS: Practical Solutions for Addressing Damages to Existing Buildings

Buildings clad with Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) barrier cladding have been documented to have problematic water intrusion issues that can result in damage. In numerous construction litigation cases the proposed repair included complete removal and replacement of EIFS. Experience gained during such repairs revealed that most damages are localized and associated with wall penetrations. The presenter describes repair solutions that address damages without complete EIFS removal and replacement. Design and repair considerations are discussed in detail.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, each attendee will be able to:

  • Describe the history of EIFS.
  • Understand the typical areas of water intrusion in EIFS clad buildings.
  • Determine when localized EIFS repairs are a viable option.
  • Understand the design details necessary to perform localized EIFS repairs.

 For more information contact Melissa Gibson at melissagibson@constructionscience.org or (864) 647-1065


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