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Huber Engineered Woods Introduces New Linerless Tape for Builders

Huber Engineered Woods LLC, leading manufacturer of innovative building solutions, is introducing new ZIP System(TM) linerless tape that will make the framing process faster and easier for builders using ZIP System® roof and wall sheathing all-in-one panels.

Huber Engineered Woods will be demonstrating the benefits of the new linerless tape when installing ZIP System® structural roof and wall panels to build homes with superior moisture management and a tighter building envelope at the 2011 International Builders’ Show. The entire ZIP System® product line will be on display in booth W3121 at the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 12 through Saturday, Jan. 15.

ZIP System structural roof and wall panels provide an innovative solution that eliminates the need for housewrap or felt by using the specially designed ZIP System® tape to seal the seams, making the system easier and quicker to install than traditional materials. The new ZIP System linerless tape makes the framing process even faster, while providing for less waste on the job site. In addition, ZIP System® structural panels now offer a 180-day exposure guarantee and 30-year system warranty.

“Through on-site observations, we learned that a ZIP System linerless tape could make the construction process even faster, and provide for less waste on the job site,” stated Charlie Robinson, ZIP System products general manager. “The new linerless tape is being introduced as a way to further improve builders’ experience, as well as installation speed with a superior alternative to traditional housewrap systems.”

ZIP System® Roof Sheathing

ZIP System® roof panels have a built-in moisture barrier and eliminate the need for felt paper and H-clips. A code-recognized structural panel and underlayment all-in-one, ZIP System roof panels prevent expensive rework due to torn felt, and shingles or tiles can be applied directly to the panels. Since ZIP System panels are faster to install than traditional methods and provide an instant 180-day rough dry-in, builders can schedule subcontractors sooner, ultimately completing the house in less time.

ZIP System® Wall Sheathing

The ZIP System® wall sheathing with a built-in water-resistive barrier is a structural wall panel, moisture barrier and air barrier all-in-one, providing a tight building envelope and superior moisture resistance during and after the construction. The Department of Energy recognizes that air barriers help prevent air leakage in homes, which can account for 30 percent or more of a home’s heating and cooling costs. The ZIP System® tape gun is used to install both the roof and wall products with the ZIP System tape, which provides moisture resistance for seams, valleys and ridges, can help reduce air leaks as recommended by the Seal and Insulate with the ENERGY STAR® effort, and is code recognized as window and door flashing tape when used with ZIP System wall sheathing (ESR-2227).

The performance standards and benefits of ZIP System roof and wall sheathing can be reviewed in the recently issued Verification of Attributes Report™ (VAR-1012) through the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES®) Sustainable Attributes Verification and Evaluation (SAVE™) Program. This independent, third-party certification provides a technical evaluation on how ZIP System® roof and wall sheathing meet code requirements and qualify for points under many prominent green rating systems and building standards.

All of Huber’s mills are certified by the SFI, promoting sustainable forestry practices through procurement programs and research initiatives, as well as logger and landowner outreach. In addition, each Huber plant employs state-of-the-art environmental control equipment and maintains strict control standards to ensure that the manufacturing of Huber products has a minimal impact on the environment. These factors helped Huber Engineered Woods earn the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) Research Center Green Approved mark in 2009, which verifies that the ZIP System roof and wall sheathing are eligible to contribute points toward the certification of a building under the NAHB National Green Building Standard™.


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