The collaborative Design-Build approach maximizes production speed and minimizes risks from design to constructability, aligning all involved project team members from the start.
With timeline hanging in the balance, the stakes are high. DensElement® Barrier System shortens that timeline by simplifying process and cutting out an entire step in the envelope assembly. By filling microscopic voids in the glass mat and gypsum core, AquaKor™ Technology creates a hydrophobic, monolithic surface that blocks bulk water while retaining vapor permeability. No additional water-resistive barrier and air barrier installation is needed.
This integration means:
By consolidating process, constructability has been simplified with risk reduction. Incorporating the WRB-AB upfront in the initial design and construction means there won’t be any need for potential water and air barrier changes down the line, and there’s no room for application-related inconsistencies to happen in the field.
How much time is saved? Home Innovation Labs, a third-party product-testing laboratory, compared DensElement Barrier System installation with typical WRB-ABs in a mock assembly. The facts are conclusive.
* The results presented reflect the findings on specific construction assemblies, under test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on the system, the building, the installation methods, and other factors.
For Samaritan Health System’s expansion and new construction of its new Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital expansion, DensElement® Barrier System played a vital role in the project team’s overall design-build approach. See how its unique water-proofing capabilities and building process consolidation amplified the design-build approach and helped keep the schedule on track to serve the residents of Oregon’s more remote coastal communities.