The NZ Metal Roof and Wall Cladding Code of Practice is a comprehensive design & installation guide, and a recognised related document for Acceptable Solution E2/AS1 of the NZ Building Code.
Permeable underlays are required under profiled metal wall cladding on residential buildings. Under direct-fixed metal cladding they should also be absorbent, but behind a drained cavity they may be either absorbent or non-absorbent
Under the NZBC wall cavities must be drained, not ventilated, i.e., they should be closed at the top to limit ingress of air in the cavity from entering the ceiling space.
Wall underlays must have a minimum side lap of 150 mm, and an end lap of 75 mm. Wall underlay on a drained cavity should be on the dry (inside) face of the cavity, and be rigid enough to restrain wall insulation from contacting the cladding, or have secondary strapping to achieve such
The COP does not require rigid air barriers to be used with profiled metal wall cladding in very high and extreme wind zones.
|Application||Any wall cladding||** See note|
|Absorbency||g/m²||≥ 100||≥ 100||n/a|
|Water Vapour Resistance||MN s/g||≤ 7||≤ 7||≤ 7|
|Water resistance||mm head||≥ 20||≥ 20||≥ 20|
|Tensile Strength MD||KN/m||≥ 9||≥ 2||≥ 2|
|Tensile Strength CD||KN/m||≥ 4.5||≥ 1||≥ 1|
|Edge Tear Resistance MD||N||≥ 40||≥ 100||≥ 100|
|Edge Tear Resistance CD||N||≥ 35||≥ 55||≥ 55|
- Kraft based underlays shall have shrinkage less than 0.5% and maximum run length of 10m.
- Synthetic underlays may have any length of run.
** Note - non absorbent underlays can only be used under an absorbent direct fixed cladding or non-absorbent cladding on a drained cavity.
Any underlay is regarded as Fire retardant if it has a FI (Flammability Index) of 5 or less when tested to AS/NZS 1530 Part 2.
pH between 5.5 and 8.0.