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DuPont™ Tyvek Housewrap Building Control Membrane

Tyvek Breather Membranes leading manufacturer of air and vapour building control layers

Tyvek Housewrap is a high specification vapour permeable membrane mainly for timber frame wall applications, but it is also suitable for steel frame and concrete structures. The membrane should be surface applied, fixed directly to sheathing ply or blockwork.

Minimising the risk of condensation, while reducing heat losses

Tyvek Houewrap Building Exterior

DuPont HouseWrap delivers the optimum balance of properties for superior performance against the elements. Housewrap helps prevent outside water from entering the walls and help to seal the home to keep outside air where it belongs.

HouseWrap helps reduce homeowner energy bills, due to homes staying cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and drier throughout the year.

High specification vapour-permeable membrane mainly for timber frame wall applications, but also suitable for steel-frame and concrete structures.

Product Functions

Product Functions Tyvek Housewrap is suitable for timber-frame constructions, either factory or site applied. In the absence of other guidance, suitable timber-frame constructions are defined as those designed and built in accordance with NHBC Standards, Section 6.2.

This product meets the NHBC requirements for minimum water penetration resistance and minimum tear resistance in any direction for sites defined as very severe exposure

Product Properties

  • Composition - Spunbonded polyethylene
  • Roll Size - 2.8m x 100m; - Weight 18kg; - Coverage 270m2
  • Roll Size 1.4m x 100m; - Weight 9kg; - Coverage 130m2
  • UV exposure 4 months Product


  • Technical specifications surpass BS4016 requirements
  • Membranes provide temporary weather protection during construction
  • Materials are easy to apply, cut and form around details UKAS approved

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Availability: Popular product readily available throughout the country.

Price List: Tyvek Housewrap Breather Membrane for Timber Frame Walls

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Rarely requested product sourced directly from manufacturer. Du-Pont Tyvek Firecurb Housewrap, 1.5x50m = 75m² - start at £185.44
Less popular product commonly available at selected depots. Du-Pont Tyvek Housewrap, 1.4x100m = 140m² - start at £101.66
Rarely requested product sourced directly from manufacturer. Du-Pont Tyvek Double-sided Acrylic Tape, 50mm x 25m = 25lm - start at £16.12
Rarely requested product sourced directly from manufacturer. Du-Pont Tyvek Tape, 75mm x 25m = 25lm - start at £23.19
Less popular product commonly available at selected depots. Du-Pont Tyvek Metalised tape, 75mm x 25m = 25lm - start at £31.39

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Product Attributes

Tyvek HouseWrap - Product Attributes


The product resists liquid water penetration and wind-blown snow and will protect the sheathing and frame from external moisture.

The period prior to the installation of the brickwork should be kept to a minimum. The membranes should not be used as a temporary waterproof covering during this time.

Risk of condensation

The product has a design resistance to water vapour transmission of less than or equal to 0.6 MNsg–1 and is defined as a ‘breather membrane’ in accordance with BS 5250 : 2002. Therefore, it will contribute towards minimising the risk of interstitial condensation in suitably designed walls.

The risk of condensation occurring within the wall of a timber-frame building will depend upon the properties and vapour resistance of other materials used in the construction, the internal and external conditions and the effectiveness of the internal vapour control layer.

Convective water transfer into the wall construction can be reduced by installing a continuous airtight sheet such as Tyvek SD2 behind the internal lining. This may also contribute to a successful pressure test by achieving the required design air permeability of 10 m3h–1m–2 in accordance with Approved Document L (See section 12.3).


The product will resist the loads associated with construction and installation into timber-frame constructions.

The product is not adversely affected by water and will retain its properties when wet.

Properties in relation to fire

The product will have similar properties to polyolefin membranes in relation to fire, tending to burn and shrink away from the heat source. The product is unclassifiable in terms of the Building Regulations and this should be considered when assessing the overall fire risk.

Cavity barriers should be used to satisfy the requirements of the national Buildings Regulations.


As the product is confined within a wall construction it has suitable durability (see section 10), maintenance is not required.


The product will be virtually unaffected by the normal conditions found in a timber-frame wall and will have a life comparable with other similar elements of construction, eg vapour control layers.

Tyvek HouseWrap - Product Installation

Fitting Tyvek Image 1

Tyvek Housewrap must be installed in accordance with BBA Certificate No. 90/2548 instructions and the recommendations given in NHBC Standards, Section 6.2, where appropriate.


Starting 300 mm from a corner, wrap the Tyvek membrane completely around the external face of the sheathing board.

Make sure that the membrane overlaps the lowest timber member by 100 mm.

Normal practice is to unroll the membrane horizontally, but vertical application is also acceptable.


Fix the membrane with galvanised nails or stainless steel staples as follows:

Horizontal centres = max 600 mm

Fitting Tyvek Housewrap Figure 2Vertical centres = max 300 mm Extend the Tyvek membrane to cover window and door openings and staple or nail around the openings at 150 mm centres.

Any vertical laps formed in the membrane should be a minimum of 150 mm.

Horizontal laps between sheets and any laps onto cavity trays or flashings should be a minimum of 100 mm.

Sealing the laps with Tyvek Tape is optional.

Once the Tyvek membrane installation is complete cut an ‘X’ from corner to corner at window and door openings, fold inwards and staple/nail to reveals.

Make good to the corners with Tyvek Tape. If windows and doors are already in place turn the membrane up against the frame to prevent water ingress.

Stud positions for wall ties can be easily marked by using an indelible marker pen.

Procedure for Lapping and jointing

Fitting Tyvek at window openingsThe membrane should be fixed in such a way as to shed water away from the sheathing, and below the lowest timber. Upper layers should be lapped over lower layers.

Laps should be at least 100 mm and vertical laps 150 mm.

Vertical laps should be staggered wherever possible.

To assist in achieving the design air permeability the lap joints and penetrations through the underlay can be sealed with Tyvek Acrylic Tape or Tyvek Butyl Tape.


The membrane must be secured at regular intervals with nails and staples to prevent damage by wind

Nails should be of galvanized or sherardized mild steel, austenitic stainless steel, phosphor bronze or silicon bronze and staples should be of austenitic stainless steel.

Marking stud positions

It is essential that the positions of studs are marked to enable wall tie fixing.

Lowest timbers

It is essential that the lowest timbers in the wall are protected by the breather membrane.

Product Information and Certification

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Dupont Tyvek Housewrap Datasheet | TyvekHousewrap BBA Certificate |

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Tyvek Breather Membranes leading manufacturer of air and vapour building control layers

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