Fforest Timber agreed to work with DuPont to apply the very latest membrane solution from the Tyvek system of advanced products for a new build project.
Developers WDL Homes Ltd were also chosen to become early adopters of the advanced StructureGuard solution.
The three storey, two block stand-alone development in Aberdare, Wales, has a 981 square metre block and a 255 square metre block. Together they form a configuration with a pitched slate roof and an elegant facade in painted block work and render, with feature stone elements.
There was an eight week interval between installing the membrane-wrapped timber elements and applying the external skin, so optimum performance was vital – both to protect the timber engineering and to allow various trades to continue work until completion.
DuPont Tyvek StructureGuard has vapour diffusion, strong yet lightweight durability, plus superior water hold out (above W1 at 1500mm) and robust wind washing resistance. Being fully BBA certified, this version has been adapted to be ideal for larger scale commercial projects in exposed situations.
It is suitable for either off-site application (as in this case) or when quick and easy on-site installation is essential.
Tyvek StructureGuard is compatible with all specialised tapes and sealants, creating a cocoon around a structure to both shield its insulation and enhance thermal efficiency and comfort once occupied.
Susan Brewer of Fforest Timber who worked closely with DuPont technical teams during this first UK installation for Tyvek StructureGuard says “We are very familiar with the ease and reliability of Tyvek and have always experienced great service and results, so we were more than happy to go with this new product for our project in Aberdare.”
DuPont Protection Solutions
Bristol & Bath Science Park
Phone: 08444 068 722
Technical enquiries: [email protected]
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