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Issue 3/2024 Volume 41 Number 3

Transitions between different materials and assemblies require thoughtful detailing to avoid premature failure.

Detailing Dissimilar Materials

By Elizabeth A. Hnatiw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Kristen T. Anderson, AIA

Without attention to the sometimes widely varying properties of enclosure elements, a building will quickly succumb to the destructive forces of nature. Well-designed transitions increase longevity, ease maintenance demands, and improve energy performance.

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