SmartPly VapAirTight ready to build an airtight case at Ecobuild

Set to revolutionise the timber frame industry with its outstanding airtightness performance making it the ideal panel system for ultra-low energy buildings, the new SmartPly VapAirTight structural OSB panel will be showcased at Ecobuild 2016 which takes place from 8th to 10th March at London’s ExCeL.

The leading conference and exhibition for UK construction and energy, Ecobuild provides the perfect platform for SmartPly to showcase its latest technological innovation. SmartPly is a stand sponsor for a major new destination at Ecobuild 2016 called DISCOVER, a central social hub showcasing one of the UK’s premier architectural awards shortlist, a national initiative to find the next eco-innovator and a platform for future materials.

As a leading manufacturer of engineered wood panel products, SmartPly proactively develops its pipeline of new and innovative products. The result of three years of rigorous development by SmartPly and extensive testing at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, SmartPly VapAirTight is recommended by the Passive House Institute as a product for providing airtightness.

Each panel features alternating layers of wood strands coated with a high quality formaldehyde-free resin system and wax to deliver outstanding levels of airtightness. A specialist coating is then applied to provide vapour control properties to ensure a premium performance OSB solution for super-insulated and passive buildings.

Available in a standard 2397mm x 1197mm size, the panel uses a newly developed high performance coating to ensure consistently high vapour resistance across its entire surface. The smooth and durable surface has also been developed to provide superior bonding of airtight tape at panel joints. Where air and vapour control layer (AVCL) membranes are notoriously difficult to seal, SmartPly VapAirTight offers excellent seal adherence to prevent air leaks, condensation and consequential structural damage.

Manufactured from FSC-certified timber to the specification detailed in BS EN 300:2006, the rigid OSB3 panel is a sustainable, robust and cost-effective alternative to specialist AVCL membranes. With minimal risk of damage during assembly, transport and installation, airtightness should not be compromised thereby ensuring the panel performs as well on the construction site as in factory controlled conditions.

As a regular exhibitor at Ecobuild, SmartPly will once again be using this hugely popular event to show how architects, specifiers, contractors and end users alike can achieve exceptional standards of airtightness to meet low energy and Passivhaus requirements.

For more information about the new SmartPly VapAirTight panel, please visit www.discoversmartply.com.

For full information and to register for Ecobuild (8-10 March at ExCeL London) visit www.ecobuild.co.uk