It’s important to fully understand why building envelopes must be completely air and vapour tight.
The main function of your building envelope is to separate the interior environment from the outside environment while keeping the transfer of air, moisture and heat to a minimum. Good continuity between components is essential to ensure this building envelope works properly. In this article, you will learn about air & vapour tight barriers with Soprema, and the difference between permeable and non-permeable barriers.
Air leakage is a common problem in building enclosures.
Air leakage is the result of uncontrolled air movement through the building enclosure. The results of air leakage include: condensation builds up inside walls, materials deteriorate over time, building occupants suffer discomfort, energy consumption increases (high heating and cooling costs), efflorescence occurs, bricks become damaged, pipes freeze, rain water leaks in, etc.
There are a number of reasons for air leakage through the building enclosure. These are caused by air pressure from one or more sources, such as wind pressure, the stack effect, or the pressure created by heating, cooling and ventilating mechanical units. Continuity is the most important element for air barriers.