Water-Resistive Barriers: Assuring Consistent Assembly Water-Penetration Resistance

Research Report No.: 
Issue Date: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 14:00
Update Date: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 14:00

Water-resistive barriers (weather-resistant sheathing paper) (WRB) have been required by the model building codes for many years and have been required by the International Code Council model codes since their inception in 2000. The purpose of this report is to summarize the requirements found in the various standards and evaluation agency criteria, evaluate relevant and available test data, and provide a recommendation for the fair treatment of all products based on one performance-based benchmark for water-penetration resistance of WRB assemblies.