AeroBarrier steals the spotlight at IBS 2018Kevin Dugan
AeroBarrier officially launches in Orlando, receiving awards for product innovation and Best in Show
Centerville, Ohio − AeroBarrier made its market entry memorable. The company officially launched at IBS in Orlando and received the top award, Best in Show. AeroBarrier also received the top award for product innovation. Furthering AeroBarrier’s stellar debut, was its use on The New American Home (TNAH), helping it achieve a HERS Index of 45, LEED Platinum certification, NGBS Emerald Certification, and ZERH certification requirements for envelope leakage reduction.
The energy rater for TNAH, Drew Smith, said AeroBarrier cut the Air Changes per Hour (ACH) in half, from 6 to 2.78. Smith said, “Everyone wants to see it installed on the 2019 TNAH. The entire project team was stunned to see the ACH easily cut in half, with some saying AeroBarrier is the most innovative energy efficiency product in years.”
This year’s competition was fierce, receiving 324 entries for nine product categories. A team of judges narrowed the 324 entries to 60 finalists. From the 60 finalists, the top award was Best in Show.
Paul Springer, Manager of Business Development for AeroBarrier, said, “The response was overwhelming. Builder engagement was significant. After the ACH results of TNAH, and after being awarded Best in Show, we have seen an uptick in builder interest from across the U.S. and Canada.”
Product Launch Official
2017 marked AeroBarrier’s pilot program. At which time the product was immediately embraced by Mandalay Homes, 8-time award recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Housing Innovation Awards.
Mandalay recently broke ground on 3,500 carbon-neutral homes in the master-planned community of Jasper. Mandalay’s Founder, Dave Everson states, “At Mandalay, we believe the catalyst to the carbon-neutral community is AeroBarrier; it will be used in every home we build.”
Meanwhile, Chris Benedict R.A., is regarded internationally as a leader in the field of sustainable building design. She was the first to specify AeroBarrier on a multi-family project. She says the application of AeroBarrier was instrumental in a client’s recent pursuit of Passive House certification on a New York project.
Benedict and Everson participated in AeroBarrier’s 2017 pilot program. 2018 and IBS, officially marks AeroBarrier being available to all U.S. markets and to all builders.
Key points about AeroBarrier include:
- AeroBarrier is GREENGUARD Gold certified.
- Building science professionals are embracing AeroBarrier as the most significant envelope-sealing breakthrough in recent years.
- AeroBarrier seals holes as small as a human hair, improving acoustics and reducing outside particulates and pollution from entering a building area.
- AeroBarrier makes it easier to meet the stringent leakage requirements of ratings, standards, and codes such as LEED, Passive House, ZERH, and the 2015 IECC.
- An overnight sensation? Not exactly. AeroBarrier is the result of 5 years of research and development at University of California, Davis.
AeroBarrier is instrumental for single and multi-family projects targeting the performance requirements of LEED, ZERH, Passive House, and the 2015 IECC or better.
TNAH is the official show home of the annual International Builders’ Show®. It showcases industry best practices, innovative design concepts, state-of-the-art products and the latest construction techniques. Each year, a new home is unveiled to demonstrate the most noteworthy advancements in home building, allowing industry professionals to glean new ideas that they can replicate within other housing projects.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is one of the largest trade associations in the United States. More than 140,000 of its members are home builders or remodelers. The remaining members are associates working in closely related fields within the housing industry such as mortgage finance and building products and services.