Timber frame? Cavity battens are a MUST…

Aug 9, 2023 | Building Science, General News

While Australia has one of the most innovative building industries, known for top-quality workmanship and a can-do attitude, one area of regulation lags behind the rest of the world – potentially costing homeowners tens of thousands in untimely repairs.

Other countries have mandated drained and vented cavity systems within timber framed buildings, protecting against condensation within lightweight clad walls, however, Australia has not yet legislated this.

Good builders using ‘best practice’ insist on using cavity battens as a prudent measure to increase the lifespan and condition of the building, but most homeowners and customers are not aware of how vital this construction method really is.

For the uninitiated, battened cavity spaces sit behind cladding systems and offer a second line of defence against moisture ingress however it is the protection against water vapour that travels through wall frames that is the most significant factor. Without these cavities, the condensation that forms inside the walls is what leads to toxic mould, unsightly mildew and in the case of timber frames – rot.

Countries like New Zealand have long acknowledged that the key to ensuring the long-term integrity of timber framed buildings is careful cavity construction.

Of course, ventilation varies depending on cladding type, cavity size and the material used to batten the cavities and this hasonly now been studied in the past twenty or so years.

New Zealand building research organisation, BRANZ, conducted research that found 20mm deep cavities were “just the right size”.

Narrower cavities restrict ventilation and sagging and bulging of insulation can bridge the cavity, while deeper cavities provide no additional benefits (and increase the length of the fixings to an unpractical length), which is how they landed at 20mm being the ideal size.

After extensive consultation with industry-leading builders who understand the importance of cavity battens, the ATI team developed the Cavi-BreakTM Strip – the world’s most versatile, cost-effective and simple solution yet.

Our Cavi-Break Strip is a highly efficient cavity batten and is also a thermal break solution for steel frames, which adheres to the ideal size findings from BRANZ at 20mm deep.

Cavi-BreakTM Strips can be used with a variety of cladding materials like hardwood, fibre cement, fibreboard, aluminum, stone, metal, vinyl and more.

Unlike traditional cavity batten options like pine and plywood, the Cavi-BreakTM Strips are lightweight and can be cut using hand tools – simply ‘cut and stick’ using our heavy-duty adhesive backing.

It’s never been easier to protect a home with the Cavi-BreakTM Strips, which are fire retardant as well as being resistant to mould, mildew and rot and with a compressive strength around 300Kpa, no compression when fixing the cladding to the frame.

“As more and more Australian builders insist on using cavity battens to increase the lifespan of timber framed houses, we knew there had to be a better way,” ATI Co-Founder, Aaron Hinkley said.

“Our Cavi-BreakTM Strip uses 21st century technology to solve an age-old building concern, with a product that is low-waste, low-cost and easy to install.

“In fact, the Cavi-BreakTM Strip adds barely any time at all to the construction process with its built-in double-sided tape adhesion system, but it will significantly increase the longevity of a home.”

Join the cavity batten revolution and commit to building lasting, healthy buildings today, with our Cavi-BreakTM Strip.

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