It´s almost the same principle as seen around the windows & doors: Air Tight Membranes prevent draught and heatloss and protect against structural damage, caused by condensation.
Air Tight Membranes have to be installed on the shell of the building - mostly in pitch roof areas or at the highest ceiling. Timber framed houses should get air tight membranes on the entire internal building envelope.
Some facts about air tight membranes:
We´ve been often asked regarding the proper sealing of OSB.
Due to the high density of those Oriented Strand Boards, in the most cases you just have to permanently seal the joints of the boards. Our Yellow Airtight Tape is made for this application.
All you have to ensure is the usage of OSB/3 (OSB/3 means Load-bearing boards for use in humid conditions) in a minimum thickness of 12mm.
We highly recommend to do a Preliminary Airtightness Test (Blower Door Test) during the construction stage.
Based on our experience, the test should be done before the skimming of the slabs. Otherwise it´s almost impossible to rework in case of leakages on the membrane.
Try to check the airtightness of your new building when the windows are sealed, the air tight membranes are installed and the walls are plastered (sand&cement or hardbond).