UNI’s three-layer sandwich construction includes an outer layer of non-woven polypropylene to keep water out and provide up to 90 days of UV protection (or 150 days with UNI PRO). Once it’s fixed to the framing, UNI creates a flexible, breathable barrier to protect against wind, sun and water, allowing work to carry on inside under any conditions, even before the cladding is attached.
Using UNI on The Village gave Foster Construction more flexibility with how they managed the project,’ says Graham. ‘They could utilise trades to full affect knowing that with UNI systems the interior remained dry. Most of the North Island, but in particular the Bay of Plenty, has had incredible rainfall through spring and summer costing builds and tradies time. One job after another needed to be moved back.
‘UNI helps ensure at least interior works can continue despite inclement weather, as the product guarantees water tightness for the building. They were able to complete different stages of the build concurrently, without the need to finish the exterior immediately because they knew UNI would protect the building from the elements.’
‘Not every job works to the exact programme,’ says Chris, ‘so UNI gives flexibility with project management and organising dates for the trades.’