FAQ: vapour barrier tape.

March 9, 2018 Greg Doyle

mechanical room

The mechanical room is the heartbeat of a building – it’s the hub for integral pipes, ducts, and airflow systems.

And whether you’re an engineer or contractor, you’re no stranger to the hurdles of insulating a mechanical room.

As an engineer, you want your mechanical room designs to be sleek and clean, but some mechanical room jacketing systems can look messy and dirty – taking away from your overall design.

Then, there’s the contractor. For you, it’s the time and mess that can come from insulating with canvas and lag.

In product development at 3M, we are constantly looking at ways to use science to help improve the way you live and work. 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM is a great example of what happens when we work with our clients to provide solutions for their industry challenges.

3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM is a white vapour barrier tape. It’s our solution to insulating mechanical rooms more efficiently, without sacrificing reliability and design aesthetic.

From design, to speed, to function – here are five of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received about 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM:

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

3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM is a white, self-adhering jacketing tape that is 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 to prevent corrosion under the insulation.

  1. How does 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM benefit the engineer?

Often when I meet with engineers, it comes down to needing a solution that combines functionality and aesthetics. The designer in you knows that the mechanical room doesn’t have to look messy and dirty – you know that there must be an alternative to canvas and lag.

3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM, in my opinion, is how you can balance functionality with aesthetic design. 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM is a white multi-ply laminate that is easy to apply and repair; it’s also puncture and tear resistant.

architect and contractor looking at drawings

  1. How does 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM benefit the contractor?

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

That’s what’s so great about 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM, it doesn’t require any special tools or cuts, installs easily on-site, and there’s no odour, mess, or primer. Once your project is complete you can be confident that there is no rework required as the material is flexible, strong, and offers zero permeability.

contractor working in mechanical room

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

3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing Tape 1577CW-WM has a ULC S102 classification, is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) compliant, fungi resistant (as per ASTM C1338), has 1577CW-WM approval, and is approved for Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for use in food processing facilities.

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

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

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

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About the Author

Greg Doyle

[enBio=With over 30 years experience bringing 3M technology to Canadian customers, Greg has had tremendous impact across industries, including mining, automotive and construction. He is 3M’s resident building envelope specialist. Greg works directly with engineers and contractors to help solve design and construction issues, as well as to assess critical needs and gaps within the industry.],[enJob=Lead Application Development Specialist, Construction Markets, 3M Canada],[frBio=Fort de plus de 30 ans d’expérience à amener la technologie 3M aux clients canadiens, Greg a eu une énorme influence au sein des industries, notamment l’industrie minière, l’industrie automobile et l’industrie de la construction. Il s’agit du spécialiste en enveloppes de bâtiments résidentiels de 3M. Greg collabore directement avec les ingénieurs et les entrepreneurs pour contribuer à résoudre des problèmes de conception et de construction, ainsi que pour évaluer les besoins et les vides importants au sein de l’industrie.],[frJob=Spécialiste principal en développement d’application, Marchés de la construction, Compagnie 3M Canada]

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