We’ve all seen buildings covered with plastic builder’s wrap. It’s a method, as Kiwis, we’ve employed for decades without putting much thought to whether it’s the most efficient way of doing things, IBS Building Supplies’ Josh Bardell says. “We think that needs to change, and we’ve seen a huge rise in popularity in rigid air barriers lately, which signals that people are starting to consider better ways of building.”
A rigid air barrier is an alternative for builder’s wrap, however not all rigid air barriers are equal, and for Josh and his team, a product relatively new to the market is helping to alter the market’s perception of the currently accepted building methodology.
OS’Brace RAP® was designed by German company EGGER specifically for New Zealand conditions. OS’Brace panels meet European standards as well as being CodeMarkTM Certified in New Zealand. The panels provide a bracing element but are also certified as temporary cladding, allowing work to continue inside the building while it stands in place of the final external cladding for up to 90 days and thereby reducing the build time. “But because of its bracing elements, it also means you’re building a stronger, better home while using a more economical product,” Josh says.