October 2010
Walls & Ceilings;Oct2010, Vol. 73 Issue 10, p36
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The article discusses firestopping in Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) in U.S. construction. It notes that EIFS, which came from Europe, was used in North America mostly on stud walls as against Europe's solid load bearing masonry walls. It identifies a problem with the U.S. stud wall construction where the studs are continuous vertically for several floors. It explains that the EIFS is essentially hollow, causing fire safety concerns. It illustrates possible fire routes from floor to floor and the construction details to address the issue.


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