Dynamic Composite Technologies presents Proctor breathable membranes that control condensation problems in buildings caused by incorrectly-installed insulation.
Builders and architects are required to meet increasingly stringent energy efficiency standards on new builds. This is usually achieved by using higher levels of bulk insulation in the walls and roof space, and by incorporating airtight building practices.
When installed correctly, thermal insulation is a highly efficient building product that can help the resident control escalating energy costs associated with heating and cooling the home. Building insulation can also help overcome condensation problems inside the house by creating a warm interior that will be less inclined to develop damp during the cooler months of the year.
When insulation is not installed correctly in relation to the position of reflective foil sarking, vapour barriers and breathable membranes, it can become the source of condensation problems.
Condensation build-up reduces insulation effectiveness, causing structural timbers to rot and steel framework to corrode. Toxic mould and bacteria could spring up and spread unnoticed within the roof space and walls causing serious health problems for the building occupants.
Condensation problems can be avoided by ensuring the correct use of insulation, vapour control layers and breathable membranes at the design stage.
Proctor breathable membranes function similar to Gore-Tex fabric by preventing the ingress of rain, snow and dust while allowing the controlled escape of vapour to effectively enable the building to breathe.