Vapour barrier tape: Five common questions answered

January 9, 2019

Vapour barrier tape: Five common questions answered

[1]by Onur Kartallioglu

The process of protecting pipes and ducts needs to be efficient and cost-effective.

Traditional cladding products require considerable manpower and tools, and once the job is done, it can be vulnerable to water and corrosion.

A vapour barrier tape must provide strong adhesion in cold, hot, or humid conditions. It should also be durable, easy-to-apply, and resist a wide range of internal and external variables such as weathering, temperature, and chemicals.

Engineers want pipes and ducts to be sleek and clean, but some jacketing systems can look messy and dirty—taking away from the overall design. Then, there is the contractor. For them, it is the time and mess that can come from insulating with canvas and lag.

A vapour barrier tape is designed by keeping building professionals in mind.

In product development at 3M[2], we are constantly looking at ways to use science to help improve the way one lives and works.

DID YOU KNOW?
[3]3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM is approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and can be used in cannabis production facilities.

 

The 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM[4] is a vapour barrier tape designed to insulate mechanical rooms and can be used for interior and exterior HVAC cladding and jacketing applications.

From design and speed to function, here are five of the most commonly asked questions this author has received about 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM[4].

1. What is 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM? How does it work?

[5]3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM[4] is a white, self-adhering jacketing tape designed to help protect a building’s mechanical ducts and pipes. It can be applied without any special tools and has a seamless finish. Its zero vapour permeability capabilities help prevent corrosion under the insulation.

2. How does 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM benefit the engineer working on HVAC ducts and interior pipes?

Often when this author meets engineers, it comes down to needing a solution combining functionality and esthetics. 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM offers advantages over canvas and lag. It not only has zero permeability but also ensures HVAC ducts and interior pipes do not look messy and dirty.

3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM[4] is how one can balance functionality with esthetic design. 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM[4] is a white multi-ply laminate that is easy to apply and repair. It is also puncture and tear resistant.

 3. How does 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM benefit the contractor working on mechanical room designs?

3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM[4] is a reliable technology one can stake their reputation on. Mechanical rooms are restricted in space, so one wants workers out quickly with as little mess as possible but insulating with canvas and lag can be messy and time consuming.

That is what is so great about 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM[4]—it does not require any special tools, cuts, or primer, installs easily onsite, is not messy, and there is no odour. Once the project is complete, one can be confident rework is not required as the material is flexible, strong, and offers zero permeability.

4. Is 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM compliant with government regulations?

3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM[4] has a Underwriters Laboratories Canada (ULC) S102, Standard Method of Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of building Materials and Assemblies, classification[6], is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) compliant[7], fungi resistant (as per ASTM C1338[8], Standard Test Method for Determining Fungi Resistance of Insulation Materials and Facings), has 1577CW-WM approval, and is approved for Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for use in cannabis production and food processing facilities.

5. Does 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape come in different formats?

In this author’s opinion, one of the benefits of this white vapour barrier tape is that it comes in different widths and is available in flat and embossed finishes[9], making it a great solution for insulating a mechanical room. The white finish helps gives the sleek look an engineer is looking for when insulating mechanical rooms.

Learn more about how vapour barrier tape can help your next project.

Fill out this form[10] to receive expert advice from a 3M building and construction[11] representative.

Onur Kartallioglu is senior application development engineer, industrial adhesives and tapes division, 3M Canada. Kartallioglu is a seasoned manufacturing technology expert, with more than 10 years of professional experience. A self-proclaimed globetrotter, he brings a broad perspective to his work inspired by his travels around the world. Prior to joining 3M Canada, Kartallioglu worked in the 3M Turkey lab.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/VentureClad-HVAC.jpg
  2. at 3M: https://www.3mcanada.ca/3M/en_CA/company-ca/?utm_source=ScienceCentre&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=IATD_EN_12_2018_Vclad
  3. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/GettyImages-858547310.jpg
  4. 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM: https://www.3mcanada.ca/3M/en_CA/company-ca/all-3m-products/~/3M-VentureClad-Insulation-Jacketing-Tape-1577CW-WM/?N=5002385+3293084318&rt=rud&utm_source=ScienceCentre&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=IATD_EN_12_2018_Vclad
  5. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/productshot.jpg
  6. ULC) S102, Standard Method of Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of building Materials and Assemblies, classification: http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/template/LISEXT/1FRAME/showpage.html?name=BVYS7.R10984&ccnshorttitle=Tape,+General+Use+Certified+for+Canada&objid=1081244643&cfgid=1073741824&version=versionless&parent_id=1073984781&sequence=1&utm_source=ScienceCentre&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=IATD_EN_3_2018_Vclad
  7. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) compliant: https://www.cagbc.org/CAGBC/LEED/CAGBC/Programs/LEED/_LEED.aspx?hkey=54c44792-442b-450a-a286-4aa710bf5c64&utm_source=ScienceCentre&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=IATD_EN_3_2018_Vclad&utm_source=ScienceCentre&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=IATD_EN_12_2018_Vclad
  8. ASTM C1338: https://www.astm.org/Standards/C1338.htm?utm_source=ScienceCentre&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=IATD_EN_3_2018_Vclad
  9. comes in different widths and is available in flat and embossed finishes: https://www.3mcanada.ca/3M/en_CA/company-ca/all-3m-products/~/Products/Design-Construction/Building-Construction/Insulation/?N=5002385+8709317+8740619+8720067+8710173&rt=r3&utm_source=ScienceCentre&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=IATD_EN_12_2018_Vclad
  10. Fill out this form: https://www.3mcanada.ca/3M/en_CA/construction-ca/ask-an-expert/?utm_source=ScienceCentre&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=IATD_EN_3_2018_Vclad
  11. 3M building and construction: https://www.3mcanada.ca/3M/en_CA/construction-ca/?utm_source=ScienceCentre&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=IATD_EN_12_2018_Vclad

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