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Wood Frame with 2" Rigid Exterior Insulation & Stucco or Veneer
Flanged Window Detail with 2" Exterior Insulation & Stucco
This window detail uses a two stage seal to insure no water or air can infiltrate into the building. The exterior seal is installed by applying WRB tape over the window head flange. No tape should be applied over the window sill flange to allow the window to drain. The interior seal is added by installing a full perimeter backer rod & sealant joint. Expanding foam or special tapes can be used instead of sealant, however a backer rod should still be installed to prevent the foam from completely filling up the cavity and preventing the system to drain. To create a continuous air barrier, the pre-assembled plywood extension box needs to be sealed to the wall's fully adhered air barrier and the window with sealant joints.
A drainage mat covered with building paper or vented airspace needs to be installed between the stucco and the sheathing in climates that receieve more than 20" rain per year to allow the wall to properly dry. See the Cladding Notes section below for more info.
* Whether or not you need a Class II or III Vapor Barrier depends on your climate zone, location and amount of exterior insulation. Refer to Wall Barriers Notes section below for more info.
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Learn how you can adapt this detail based on your climate zone & desired aesthetic
Understand how climate affects wall specifications, learn whether you should use a vapor retarder, & discover suitable products.
Wood Frame Wall with Exterior Insulation
Should you use a vapor retarder?
Enter your state and county above to see whether you should use a vapor retarder
Recommendation & calculations are based on the methods described in the Builder’s Guides from the Building Science Corporation and are only valid for residential occupancies.
This wall is designed with a vapor semi-impermeable stucco finish. Whether a Class II or Class III Vapor Retarder needs to be used depends on the project's climate zone and the amount of exterior insulation that is installed. Class II Vapor Retarders can be either a separate membrane, like a 'Smart Vapor Retarder' (SVR), or kraft facing on the cavity insulation.
A Class III Vapor Barrier, like Latex Paint, can only be used when the R-value of the exterior insulation is larger than the R-value of the cavity insulation multiplied by a climate coefficient. The formula above shows the climate coefficient after you've selected your state and county.
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Rigid foam panels that are water repellent and offer good thermal performance at mid-range prices.
Rigid foam panels that are water repellent, budget-friendly and have an average thermal performance.
Smart Vapor Retarder (SVR)
Class II vapor retarders with variable permeance that block vapor in low, but not in high humidity conditions.
Fiberglass Batts (Kraft Faced)
Batts made from plastic reinforced glass fibers with a Class II vapor retarding facing.
Batts made from plastic reinforced glass fibers that are budget-friendly and easy to install.
Mineral Wool Batts
Fiberous batts that are vapor permeable, non-combustible and offer good energy performance.
Fiberglass particals that are blown in place that are budget-friendly and offer entry-level energy performance.
Cellulose particlas that are blown in place that offer superior energy performance at a premium price point.
Spray Polyurethane Foam (Closed Cell)
Spray applied expanding foam that is water repellent, airtight and offers superior energy performance.
Spray Polyurethane Foam (Open Cell)
Spray aplied expanding foam that is budget-friendly and offers good acoustical and energy performance.
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Find different types of windows suitable for this detail.
Affordable windows without a thermal brake that have entry-range energy performance.
Common windows with a simple thermal brake that provide solid energy performance.
Frames with multi-chambered thermal brakes that deliver a superior energy performance.
Specialty windows with thin frames that have an exquisite performance and aesthetics.