Demand for weather resistant barriers (WRB) is increasing at double-digit annual growth rates and is expected to reach nearly $5 billion by 2016, consulting firm Principia. The growing need for energy efficient buildings is driving this demand, and advances in building science, combined with new and evolving codes, are causing fundamental shifts in the demand for WRBs and construction practices for residential and commercial buildings.
Green certification, newly adopted codes, homeowner desire to reduce energy costs, and initiatives such as “Zero Energy” in commercial construction are driving WRB innovation and new product development. Whole-systems designs of the building envelope are also driving industry innovation in materials, systems and installation as the focus is moving from single components to whole-system designs.
Ken Jacobson, a Principia partner, said, “The WRB industry continues to innovate as evidenced by the wide variety of new product introductions from year to year, including fluid applied air and water barrier systems; fluid applied flashing; tapes and sealers; continuous insulation systems; integrated rain screen ventilation matting combined with house wrap; and house wrap with a 3-D pattern that retains drainage space in any wall installation. New product and system innovations will be a mainstay in this rapidly-evolving industry.”
In preparing the report, Principia conducted interviews with 200 professionals representing building product manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and contractors, builders and architects. The Resistant Barriers 2014 – Residential and Commercial Construction launches in the third quarter of 2013 and will be delivered to subscribers by in the first quarter of 2014.