Air Barriers 101: Controlling the Movement of Air in Exterior Walls

Controlling the movement of air between indoor and outdoor environments is a key concern when building comfortable, energy efficient homes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 40 percent of the energy used to heat and cool a building is due to uncontrolled air leakage. Therefore, it is important for builders to have a thorough understanding of air barrier materials and installation strategies.

Quite simply, an air barrier is a material or system of materials designed to control air flow between a conditioned space and an unconditioned space. A building material can be defined as an air barrier

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Plastic Omnium, Hella target integration of exterior body parts and lighting | Design News

Tier 1 auto part suppliers Plastic Omnium and Hella have launched a joint project involving engineering and design experts from both companies in Germany that will focus on jointly developing new systems integrating innovative lighting technologies, and intelligent exterior systems, at the front and at the rear of the car.

Officials from Hella and Plastic Omnium ink the joint development agreement. In the foreground: Christopher Mokwa, Hella Senior VP Corporate Strategy and M&A, and Félicie Burelle, Plastic Omnium Senior Executive VP Strategy and Development. In the background: Laurent Burelle, Plastic Omnium -Chairman & CEO,  and Rolf Breidenbach, Hella CEO.


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The new Skoda Octavia Scout Exterior Design

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The ŠKODA OCTAVIA is the heart of the Czech car manufacturer and tops the bestseller lists in numerous European countries. In the fourth generation of the OCTAVIA, the robust SCOUT and two other sporty RS variants complete the portfolio. By electrifying the powertrain using the new mild hybrid technology and two OCTAVIA iV models with plug-in hybrid drives, ŠKODA once again significantly reduces the CO2 emissions of the new OCTAVIA. The bestseller’s IV variants drive up to 60 kilometers locally without emissions in the WLTP cycle, and the internal combustion engines are also constantly being further developed.

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Rendering Perfectly Predicts Volkswagen ID.4 Coupe Exterior Design

We’ve already seen it in spy shots with little camouflage and this is just a confirmation of what the ID.4 Coupe will look like.

Volkswagen will sell the ID.4 in two distinct body styles – the more traditional crossover body and a coupe-like model with a dramatically dipping roofline. The former has already been revealed and detailed, but the second, more rakish model has yet to be shown in its final production clothes.

a car parked in a parking lot: VW ID.4 Coupe

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VW ID.4 Coupe

a blue car parked in a parking lot: VW ID.4 Coupe

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VW ID.4 Coupe

But between the spy shots showing the ID.4 Coupe pretty much uncovered and the fully uncovered ID.4,

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Hotels see business from marketing exterior corridors

REPORT FROM THE U.S.—Cleanliness is always important in the hotel industry.

With the spread of the coronavirus, being germ-free and having more open windows and less closed-in spaces are elevating exterior-corridor properties above their competition. And as hoteliers fight for their share of fewer travel dollars, they need any and all ammunition in their corner to bring in guests.

“Exterior-corridor hotels have a situational advantage during the COVID-19 pandemic, by giving the guest the ability to reduce touchpoints, avoid elevator rides, and be a more self-contained traveler,” said David Sangree, president of Hotel & Leisure Advisors.

In addition, exterior-corridor hotels

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The new Audi Q3 Sportback Exterior Design in Puls Orange

The Audi Q3 Sportback stands for strength and precision to an equal degree, and reflects this in all design details. The black grille of the octagonal Singleframe is strongly three-dimensional in design, and this makes it particularly sporty. The same applies for the trapezoidal air inlets and the expressive bumper with its flat blade. The coupé-like passenger cabin acts as a contrast to the distinctive attachments, which are painted in contrasting colors and thus emphasize the SUV character. The low roofline gives way to flat D-pillars and ends in a roof edge spoiler. As a result, the Audi Q3 Sportback

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2021 Hyundai Elantra Exterior Design

Hyundai officially launched its all-new 2021 Elantra and Elantra Hybrid at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood with a special event broadcast around the world. This marks the world debut of the latest version of the popular compact sedan. The 2021 Elantra showcases Hyundai’s latest ambitions, including a Sensuous Sportiness design identity, hybrid electric vehicle technology, and segment-first wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The car also provides exciting driving dynamics and the most progressive in-car experience in its class. Production of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra starts in the fall of 2020 in Ulsan, Korea and at Hyundai Motor

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The new Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Limousine Exterior Design

With a more striking design, enhanced options for individualisation and the MBUX infotainment system, Mercedes-AMG is enhancing the E53 4MATIC+ Saloon and Estate business-class models. The completely restyled front view lends the Performance E-Class an even more powerful appearance. The AMG-specific radiator grille with its A-shaped contour reinforces the impression of width, as do the flat LED headlamps. Extensive design measures also make the rear view of the saloon look even more muscular. They include the two-piece tail lights, the new rear apron and the new diffuser insert. The interior is also characterised by more sportiness in the form of

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BMW Concept X7 iPerformance Exterior Design

The forthcoming BMW X7 forms part of the largest model offensive in the company’s history. As part of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy, the BMW Group is seeking to substantially increase its sales and revenues in the luxury class. The BMW X7 has a key role to play here, as Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Management Board responsible for Sales and Brand BMW explains: “Since BMW founded the Sports Activity Vehicle segment with the first X5 back in 1999, every subsequent X vehicle has broken new ground. The BMW X7 continues this tradition: the X family’s new

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New guidelines for replacing windows without removing exterior brick veneer

The Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA), the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have released a new document focused on replacement windows.

FMA/AAMA/WDMA 2710-20, Guidelines for the Full Frame Replacement of Windows without Removal of Exterior Brick Veneer covers windows replacement in residential and light commercial buildings of not more than three stories above grade. It pertains to structures using a membrane/drainage system, a surface barrier drainage, or a wall system without a reliable membrane drainage system.

The document is focused on the full frame replacement without removal of external brick veneer. It

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Vauxhall’s latest Crossland arrives with bold exterior design

Vauxhall latest Crossland compact SUV has arrived, dropping the ‘X’ moniker used on its predecessor.

The new Crossland, which is set to arrive in the UK early next year, brings a bold new exterior look which takes many cues from the recently-revealed Mokka.

New LED headlights and the redesigned Vauxhall badge sit at the front, while at the rear you’ll find tinted lights and a gloss-black tailgate surface.

Available with either 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels, the Crossland also features front and rear skid plates for a more rugged look. A sporty SRi variant will also benefit from a black

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W-B Area probing cracks in exterior of new high school | News

Wilkes-Barre Area School District is investigating cracks discovered in the masonry exterior of the new high school under construction in Plains Twp., Solicitor Raymond Wendolowski said Tuesday.

The cracks are up by the roof of the structure and are not related to the foundation, Wendolowski said. Contractors will pay to fix any problems, so district costs should not exceed the project’s $121 million budget, Wendolowski said.

The investigation and potential repair work are not expected to delay the project, Wendolowski said. Construction began in April 2019 and is expected to be done by the summer of 2021.

The school board

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Exterior design of the National Medal of Honor Museum revealed

Just over a year ago, Arlington was announced as the new home of the National Medal of Honor Museum, and now the first rendering of the museum is here.

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams joined museum board members Tuesday for a virtual press conference where the rendering and a progress update were released. According to officials, the museum is on track to open in Arlington’s entertainment district in 2024.

Williams said he and the city are honored to have a museum in Arlington that will be able to preserve the stories of individuals who went above and beyond their call of

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Exterior design: landscaping sets the tone for a home

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Examples of how to incorporate xeriscaping, said Napora, are using gravel, bark mulch, or leaving it open and having soil and plants — with all types of perennials. But he adds that it’s best to have an overall theme such as a Rocky Mountain look with boulders or a Prairie style with grasses as the anchor.

It was about two years ago, said Napora, that Salisbury started receiving a few more phone calls about xeriscaping.

“At that time there was a real reluctance from the developers,” said Napora. “You had to have a full landscape design done

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2021 Tesla Model 3 Packs More Range, Interior and Exterior Improvements

Even though the Tesla Model 3 has only been with us for a few model years, it is still a work in progress on the quality control front. But for 2021, the smallest and least expensive Tesla you can buy is getting a host of updates. Tesla quietly updated their consumer site with some of the improvements listed here, but the interior changes were sent to us by someone who works at a Tesla store.

a car driving on a mountain road: 2018 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance 11

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2018 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance 11

The most notable changes are to the car’s range, and these were in

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Nissan Celebrates One Year of the New Nissan Patrol With the Introduction of a Brand-New Exterior Colour To Its 2021 Edition

Nissan marks the completion of a year since the global launch of the 2020 Nissan Patrol with the introduction of a new body colour for audiences across the region. Fans of the iconic SUV can now purchase the 2021 Nissan Patrol in a new ‘Nuance Beige’ colour, while enjoying its class-leading power, supremely crafted luxury and unparalleled on- and off-road capabilities. Furthermore, the Patrol’s wonderfully plush interiors are also available in a new Tan colour for the LE T2 model.

The Nissan Patrol continues to demonstrate the brand’s efforts to build on its reputation for being a durable and dynamic

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Jemal plans first exterior renovations for Statler City complex | Local News

The goal, said architect Lauren Pacheco of Washington, D.C.-based Antunovich Associates, is to “return the exterior of the Statler from the pedestrian standpoint back to its original look” from 1923.

For the most part, that means “trying to replicate what is missing,” but in some cases workers will seek to “restore it not quite to what was there, but something similar,” Pacheco explained to the Buffalo Preservation Board, which received the proposal on Thursday, and assigned a design review committee to evaluate it. 

Among the tasks, crews will remove the red granite that now clads the ground-story of the building,

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2021 Mercedes S-Class Shows Exterior Design, Interior Tech On Camera

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Toyota Venza Limited Exterior Design

With a striking new debut, Toyota is breaking the sameness barrier in the midsize two-row crossover utility vehicle (CUV) category.

The all-new 2021 Venza delivers an intuitive driving experience with smooth acceleration, predictable handling, and low noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), all wrapped in a sophisticated design.

The all-new 2021 Toyota Venza comes equipped exclusively with the Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain and advanced Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive.

Along with comfortable urban and highway performance, Venza is expected to have impressive fuel efficiency, with a preliminary manufacturer-estimated 40 MPG combined fuel economy in LE trim.

The 2021 Toyota Venza, which

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8 Exterior Additions That Will Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

  • Small touches that can be done in a day — think hardware swaps or new plants.
  • Bigger investments add a wow factor — like new gutters or a deep clean.

    It’s likely that, if you have one, your outdoor space — be it a yard, front porch, or back patio — has seen more use than normal this year. With everyone spending more time at home, renovation projects have surged over the last six months (just look at the numbers), and upgrades to exteriors have been of particular interest.

    Englert LeafGuard Gutters

    If your home is in need

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