UNI PLUS Flexible Air Barrier
UNI PLUS Flexible Air Barrier
A fire retardant flexible wall underlay that gives early enclosure to builds, allowing work to continue on the inside (for up to 90 days), without waiting for the cladding to be complete.
Once the cladding is in place, UNI PLUS Flexible Air Barrier becomes a secondary line of defence against moisture by ensuring moisture that occasionally penetrates the wall cladding is directed back to the exterior of the building.
Helps keep construction moving. Designed to provide temporary protection from weather conditions and UV exposure to timber framing, allowing the continuation of internal work on the build, without cladding in place for up to 90 days after installation.
Once installed, UNI PLUS is a secondary line of defence against moisture over the life of the building.
Highly breathable, passing vapour from the inside of the building out.
A fraction of the cost of rigid air barriers (materials and labour) whilst having most of the benefits.
Thicker and stronger than standard building paper/wrap.
Quick and easy installation with many resources to assist first-time users.
UNI PLUS is a non-woven, absorbent, vapour-permeable, water-resistant, fire-retardant, 180 GSM synthetic wall underlay.
Three polypropylene layers: two outer layers of non-woven polypropylene with a middle layer of a functional-technical film.
Meets New Zealand Standard NZS 2295:2006 characteristics as stated in Table 23 of Acceptable Solution E2/AS1.
Supplied as a 2.74 m x 18.25m roll (50 m²)
Blue outer face with a white underside.
Scope of Use: Location and Building
In locations with a wind design pressure (ULS) of up to and including 4.6 kPa (which includes all NZS 3604:2011 wind zones)
In seismic zones up to and including seismic zone 3.
In all exposure zones.
Further than 1 m from a relevant boundary.
For commercial and residential construction.
Designed for use with all cladding systems.
Performs on timber and steel framed buildings.
As a temporary cladding for up to 90 days.
With buildings of all building heights, up to the permissible wind design pressure of 4.6 kPa.
With cladding and joinery that complies with the relevant provisions of the NZ Building Code for the site and location.
Suitable for use as a non-rigid backing for stucco plaster.
UNI PLUS is suitable as an air barrier on walls that are not lined.
For vertical use only, not suitable as a roof underlay.
Limitations of Use
UNI PLUS (or any flexible air barrier) cannot provide seismic (bracing or racking), and fire resistance.
For lightweight steel, a thermal wrap must be installed.
Where a building height is greater than 10 m and upper levels contain sleeping uses or other property the external wall must be subject to specific fire engineering.
UNI PLUS must be covered within 90 days from installation.
NZ Building Code Standard (NZBC)
UNI PLUS meets or exceeds the requirements of the NZBC. For details, please see the MBIE website to view the Codemark.
Product Assurance Supplier Statement; PASS.
Documentation is available in the downloads section of this page.
General Installation Notes
UNI PLUS Flexible Air Barrier must be installed by a Licensed Building Practitioner using Mason's full installation instructions available as a video or a printed version. On-site training can also be arranged via your Masons Rep.
Fix with the printed side out.
Run the wrap horizontally and pull it taut over the framing before fixing
Only to be fixed with Mason's UNI Fasteners either with a gun or hammer. Staples must not be used.
For timber frames: use a 32mm Nail/washer. For steel frames: use UNI washers with either a Phillips or square drive self-drilling screw.
Be lapped, not less than 75mm at horizontal joints; Have upper sheets lapped over lower sheets to ensure that direction of laps will allow water to be shed to outside of the wall underlay
Be lapped, not less than 150mm over studs at vertical joints
Extend 50mm below the bottom plate or bearer
Storage and Handling
Masons UNI PLUS, whether on or off-site should be stored on end and under a cover, in a clean, dry area. Protect the rolls from crushing or damage.
Browse downloadable product files.
2.74m x 36.5m (50m²)
UNI and UNI PLUS Installation Guide
11 mins 19 secs viewing time
What is UNI PLUS?
UNI PLUS is a heavy 3 ply polypropylene flexible air barrier. UNI PLUS is highly resistant to air and liquid water whilst allowing water vapour to pass. UNI PLUS is substantially thicker than conventional flexible wall underlay and is very tough and strong. It is UV resistant for up to 90 days.
When assembled using specific components and according to designated system UNI PLUS may be used as a temporary weather protection allowing interior works to continue without cladding in place for 90 days. UNI, UNI PLUS & UNI PRO carry Codemark certificates of conformity.
Is UNI PLUS fire retardant?
Yes, UNI PLUS is fire-retardant.
Can UNI PLUS be exposed longer than 90 days?
Ideally not. If longer UV resistance is needed UNI PRO is the UNI product to use, UNI PRO offers 150 days UV resistance. Very short over exposure – contact Masons for advice. Substantial over exposure will require an over wrap or re wrap in most cases.
Can I fix UNI PLUS with staples or cap staples?
No only cap nails or nailed battens may be used to fix UNI, UNI PLUS or UNI PRO to timber frames, there are cap screws for fixing to Steel frames. Staples may be used inside the joinery opening and above the soffit framing line.
Does a soffit roll have to be used?
No this is an optional part or the system, this is up the builder if they wish to use it to suit their build.
Can any brand of flashing tape be used?
Only 40 Below Platinum or Flex have been tested and incorporated into the Codemark
Do all seams and over laps need to be sealed?
Yes – flash all overlaps with 40 Below Platinum or Flex 75mm
Flashing tape all around the joinery opening?
Flash the sill and 200 mm up the jamb, flash the Head and Jamb 200 x 200 mm per Masons 40 Below Platinum or Flex, or UNI installation instructions.
What are the cap nail fixing intervals?
These vary with the stud spacing & the wind zones- check the Masons UNI installation instructions FIXING CHART for details. Installation instructions can be found in the downloads section of this page.
Does wrap strap (Dan Band) need to be used on UNI PLUS?
For 600 mm studs with a 18-25 mm drained cavity YES to avoid the possibility of UNI, UNI PRO or UNI PLUS billowing into the cavity if the insulation is over-pressed in.
What about for 600 mm studs and brick veneer?
If UNI is pulled TIGHT across the studs wrap strap should not be necessary. Some BCAs will insist on wrap strap being fitted over UNI as this is stated in E2/AS1. Over vigorous fitting of insulation may cause billowing.
What about for other stud spacings?
If UNI is pulled and fitted TIGHT across the studs there should be no issue.
Does UNI PLUS need to be stuck to the slab?
No, simply drape UNI, UNI PRO or UNI PLUS 50 mm below the bottom plate until the cladding is in place
Can UNI be used in an EXTRA HIGH wind zone?
Yes with limitations. Studs and fixings need to be at stated intervals, and additional installation requirements apply per the Masons installation instructions. If the job is multi storey or complex Masons Barricade Weather Defense rigid wall underlay system may be a more suitable choice.
Can I use any kind of batten?
Continuous timber or castellated battens may be used. Fastened per Masons installation instructions – UNI FIXING CHART. James Hardie CLD battens (TM) may also be used for vertical batten applications. These must be fitted strictly in accordance with James Hardie installation instructions including fixings and intervals for CLD Battens (TM) NOT per the UNI Installation instructions UNI fixing chart.
Must DPC flashing be used up the Jambs and a second layer of UNI be used over the head flashing on all jobs?
Additional flashing - weather deflectors and a second layer of UNI over the head flashing must be fitted for UNI or UNI PLUS used in Very High or Extra High wind zones. And for all wind zones when used for UNI PRO. Please see Masons UNI installation instructions and the Masons UNI, UNI PLUS and UNI PRO 10 min YouTube training videos. Masons recommend this method for all wind zones but are optional for UNI and UNI PLUS below Very High wind zones.
Do Masons penetration seals need to be used on all pipes and conduits?
Yes, every effort should be made to use Masons Penetration seals.
If these genuinely cannot be obtained, then any trade seal based on acrylic adhesive and either BRANZ appraised, or Code marked may be used. Penetrations with a difficult shape (like HIVAC ducts, or brackets for pergolas etc) may be flashed to the UNI with 40 Below Platinum or Flex working from the bottom of the penetration up the sides and finishing with the top – so water always runs off freely.