they have got to be kidding. this stuff is SUCH a menace. sadly, the companies hawking it are as relentless as zebra mussels, and about as welcome to anyone with taste.
One has to remember that one of the prime motivators in this whole phenomena is wall failure (water penetration, not structural), as can be seen in the pic I posted of 101 Roehampton. The Tower Renewal Programme tried to address this (among other things), but there still needs to be some effort put forward by the design industry that can be both appealing aesthetically and affordable to apartment building owners. A task for the OAA, RAIC or Toronto Society of Architects?Not that I like it but surely they are only part-way through this process. To date they seem only to have put the Styrofoam on the edges and I assume will soon fill in the middle and cover it with cheap stucco. (Though I hate the look and it won't last, it DOES actually offer a way to insulate buildings from the outside. )