Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, announced a dark exterior facer to optimize THERMAX XARMOR (ci) Exterior Insulation in North America for rainscreen applications. THERMAX XARMOR boasts the strongest embossed exterior foil facer and provides builders with durability for long-term performance. It uniquely triples as an insulation, water resistant barrier and air barrier for use in the patented THERMAX; Wall System, comprised also of LIQUIDARMOR Flashing and Sealant and STYROFOAM Brand SPF, for commercial building applications.

THERMAX XARMOR helps cut time and money during installation and eases the design process of virtually any wall assembly in any commercial building type. Through innovations in the commercial wall, Dow is making it easier for architects to meet continuous insulation codes from IBC and ASHRAE for energy efficiency and comply with NFPA 285 fire code requirements.

“As the global rainscreen cladding market is expected to expand, THERMAX XARMOR is well positioned to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Matt Marchel, business director, Dow Building Solutions. “Architects will have increased ability to customize projects and are able leverage essential tools from the newly enhanced THERMAX XARMOR that will bring their projects to life, reinforcing our commitment to providing innovative building envelope solutions that help increase the energy efficiency and longevity of commercial buildings.”

The THERMAX Wall System features one of the best guarantees in the industry with a 15-year thermal and water-resistant warranty and a 6-month UV exposure warranty. Adding to the sustainability of the built environment through thermal, air and moisture performance, it contributes to LEED points in the Material and Resources, Energy and Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality sections. Additionally, THERMAX XARMOR has a publically available Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to provide building professionals with materials transparency.

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