Project contacts are John B. Peavey at Home Innovation Research Labs and Xiping Wang at the Forest Products Laboratory
The proposed study will evaluate the moisture performance of balconies and decks in midrise multifamily and mixed-use wood-frame buildings with various types of exterior cladding materials. The study will culminate in recommended best practices for balcony and deck construction in midrise wood-frame buildings, with the focus on water management and integration with the primary building enclosure systems. A broad range of finishes and balcony configurations will be evaluated for applications across various construction markets and climatic conditions. The outcome will include a set of specific details and solutions for durable wood-frame deck and balconies with focus on the interface with the exterior wall systems.