Norwegian winter sports hotel provides rigorous test of the protective properties of Tyvek® UV Facade

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Norwegian winter sports hotel provides rigorous test of the protective properties of DuPont™ Tyvek® UV Facade


In one of the first major applications of new DuPont™ Tyvek® UV Facade in Europe, building contractors at the Estatia Resort Norefjell (Norefjell, southern Norway – opened in spring 2009) chose the UV-resistant, breather membrane for the lasting protection of the hotel’s open-joint wood façade. The location of the sports and health resort, at an altitude of 800 metres and in a region familiar with the extremes of the Nordic climate, was a genuine test of the advanced protective membrane’s durability and performance.

An attractive, open-jointed wood-panel façade is used for the majority of the sports hotel’s external walls, including its main building and adjacent apartments. Behind it, approximately 30,000 square metres of DuPont™ Tyvek® UV Facade, supplied by building material distributor Optimera AS (Oslo, Norway), provide effective, lifelong protection of the buildings from the harmful effects of the elements to which they are constantly exposed.  “The adoption of one centimetre-wide open joints in the façade meant that the protective membrane installed behind it would be exposed to UV radiation throughout the life cycle of the hotel, potentially compromising its long-term performance,” explains Harald Lauvland Knutsen from building contractor Kruse Smith AS (Kristiansand, Norway), who oversaw construction of the hotel’s façade.  “This required us to find a material that could meet our extremely high UV resistance requirements.”

“The assurances provided by DuPont with regard to the long-term protection afforded by the advanced protective membrane, as well as the impressive test data they were able to compile to confirm these statements, were key reasons for our selection of DuPont™ Tyvek® UV Facade” comments Harald Lauvland Knutsen.

Estatia Resort, headquartered in Drammen, Norway, develops and operates sports and health resorts and spas. Its operations include the Quality Spa & Resort Holmsbu, Quality Spa & Resort Kragero, Estatia Resort Norefjell and Estatia Resort Trysil.