Approximately 500+ rolls of 9’x125’ GreenGuard RainDrop 3D Building Wrap were specified for this project. “RainDrop’s innovative drainage channels will keep water out of the wall system,” said Mike Langguth, Regional Market Manager for Kingspan Insulation. “The channels are designed not to crimp, collapse, or flatten, ensuring water will drain no matter how tightly cladding is nailed to the wall.” RainDrop is a qualified air barrier to the ASTM E 2178 standard, and is listed with the Air Barrier Association of America. It has demonstrated water holdout capabilities in industry-recognized water resistance tests AATCC-127 & ASTM D 779. This non-perforated wrap “breathes” to allow moisture vapor to escape. “With its high tear resistance and translucent design, installation is quick and easy with no jobsite waste,” said Langguth. “And it stays UV-stable up to nine months.”
Da Pau Enterprises, based in Orlando, Florida, was the installing contractor for GreenGuard products on the Plaza on University project. To ensure the wrap was secure and all openings were sealed completely, the crew from Da Pau Enterprises used three types of Kingspan GreenGuard accessories: GreenGuard Seam Tape, GreenGuard Standard Flashing and GreenGuard SuperStretch Butyl Flashing.
GreenGuard Seam Tape is a self-adhering tape that adds an extra layer of air and moisture protection to each apartment building. This tape will stick tight in all seasons, even when the temperature drops below freezing. Long-lasting UV stabilizers help it resist the deteriorating effects of the sun. This seam tape can also be used to repair rips in damaged insulation and building wrap, eliminating waste and saving money.
Central Florida gets drenched during its six-month rainy season, so blocking water intrusion around windows and doors is a must for preventing wall damage. Properly installed self-adhering GreenGuard Standard Flashing, available in 4”, 6”, 9” and 12” sizes, deflects water away from a wall.
This flashing is made with rubber-modified asphalt adhesive that can be applied in a wide range of temperatures. At each of the window openings and special corners on the Plaza on University project, the Da Pau crew installed GreenGuard SuperStretch Butyl Flashing. This self-adhering membrane combines a polyolefin film with a butyl adhesive and stretches to fit tightly to those openings and corners. It also adheres across a wide range of installation temperatures, making it effective in all climates. Its stretch ability allows GreenGuard SuperStretch to cover irregular surfaces, eliminating gaps that could create water canals.