Fenestration System (MIFS)
paper (click here) on this
system was presented at the 10th Durability of Building Materials
Conference in Lyon, France.
Modular Insert Fenestration System - Fenestration
systems of the past (before 1910) were uniquely designed to capture
and manage the inevitable moisture leaks that occur, either through
or around the fenestration product, and skilled craftsman were
employed to ensure this effectiveness. The Industrial Revolution,
however, brought on the development of complete pre-assembled
fenestration products that were then installed into a building
opening, without consideration for the specific details of the
installation. As a result of this design change, and combined with
lower skilled workmanship, moisture intrusion problems involving
fenestration products have become chronic.
Permanent installations: Why do we
permanently install fenestration into a wall, when we know its life
expectancy is much less than that of the wall - and that removal of
a failed fenestration unit will require destruction of the
MIFS is a revolutionary new installation
methodology that takes advantage of the water management principles
of the past, combined with the fabrication efficiencies of today.