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Building Envelope Solutions

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3M Building Envelope Systems for Commercial Construction

  • It’s mostly unseen, but the building envelope is crucial to making any building a long-term success. Building envelope systems help manage the flow of air, vapor and heat as well as, if necessary, containing fire and smoke so people have time to move to safety. 3M has a broad portfolio of building envelope solutions including air barrier, fire protection, structural glazing and thermal protection products. Our building envelope solutions can help you:

    • Install in extreme conditions so you can continue working on more days
    • Get jobs done more quickly to meet completion incentives and complete more jobs overall
    • Save money on overall installation costs by spending less time installing
    • Manage and mitigate compliance risks

    And it isn’t just our products that help you stay on time and on budget. You can also take advantage of our resources to help with training installers, plus we have a world-class team of building envelope engineering experts to help answer questions when you come across new situations. From the planning stages through construction to final documentation and inspection, we want to help make the building envelope a successful part of your project, because out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind.

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    Going to Extremes

    3M scientists and engineers have risen to the challenge of creating products that can be applied in all kinds of conditions, helping you work through more situations so you can stay on time and on budget.

    • 3M™ Air Barrier Products can be applied down to 0°F
    • 3M™ VentureClad™ Products can be applied down to -10°F
    • 3M™ Firestop Products can be applied to multiple substrates or other unusual situations
    • 3M™ VHB™ Tapes can be applied to panels at the factory, then shipped for final attachment
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    Goes on Easy

    3M experts work together to identify and address customer pain points so we can create products that are easy to work with and apply, saving on installation time and labor.

    • 3M™ VHB™ Tapes can be applied easily by hand with a roller to remove air bubbles
    • 3M™ Air Barrier Products are tough yet lightweight, making them easier for workers to carry and install
    • 3M™ VentureClad™ Products can be applied in the field with just a ruler, marker and scissors
    • 3M has a new line of firestop products to seal construction joints against fire, water, smoke and sound in a convenient tape format, thus requiring no setup and no dry time
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    The 3M Building Envelope Portfolio

    3M has portfolios across many parts of the building envelope, and we test to make sure products within each one complement each other. And when you need a solution in another area, you know each 3M portfolio has been engineered to work in a variety of situations, conditions and environments.

    • Our experts can provide professional opinions if you run across new or unusual situations
    • 3M has often already tested products for compatibility
    • Your 3M supplier and contacts have access to knowledge and expertise across 3M
    • One point of contact for 3M products saves time
    • 3M has test results and documentation.

Building Envelope Technical Library

Do you have questions about specifications, how to install or other technical details? Visit the technical library for each type of building envelope system below.

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Learn more about the 3M portfolio of building envelope solutions.

  • Construction-grade sealants help air and moisture barriers do their job of keeping outside elements out and inside elements in. 3M Adhesive Sealants provide reliable solutions for moving with expansion joints, providing moisture barriers and filling gaps.

  • 3M provides air barrier products that help control the flow of air, moisture and heat to keep inside air in and outside air out. Our broad array of options include non-permeable, vapor permeable and through-wall flashing products that generally don’t require primer and can be applied in cold conditions (down to 0°F).

  • 3M has been a firestop industry leader for over 35 years and we continue to innovate new solutions to add to our broad, comprehensive portfolio of firestop solutions that are watertight and fire, smoke and sound resistant. Our products include flexible duct wrap and endothermic mat systems as well as a complete line of through penetration and membrane solutions.

  • Below-grade jobs require top-grade adhesives that attach it all: membrane, drainboard, filter fabric and more. 3M spray-on waterproof adhesives bond for good without mechanical fasteners.

  • Insulation of all types needs to stay in place to be effective. 3M has bonding solutions you can rely on to be easy to use, then stick for the duration.

  • When you need to protect insulation on roofs or other exposed areas, 3M™ VentureClad™ Insulation Jacketing provide the answer. These tough, long-lasting multi-ply laminates provide an absolute vapor barrier to prevent moisture from migrating into insulation, even at seams. Trained installers can quickly install 3M™ VentureClad Products in the field using just a ruler, marker and scissors, even in extreme cold (as low as -10°F).

  • 3M™ VHB™ Structural Glazing Tapes simplify processes to increase productivity – the strong acrylic adhesive provides immediate handling strength in the field, or the tape can be applied to panels at the factory and transported to the building site for attachment. The proven durability of these tapes makes them excellent for bonding glass panels into curtain walls, commercial window and door systems and skylight/canopy systems.

  • For reveals and inlays that remove easily once elevated, upgrade to versatile 3M spray adhesives, designed to bond to wood, plywood, wafer wood, fiberboard, PVC and polystyrene.

Find a 3M Sales Representative

If you know what type of Building Envelope solution you need, please use the button at right to find a 3M Sales Representative for your area. If you have more general questions about 3M Building Envelope products and solutions, please use the ‘Ask a 3M Expert’ or ‘Chat With Us’ buttons at the bottom of the page to discuss your situation.

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Building Knowledge is your 3M link to explore systems and products for the commercial construction industry. We point you to how-to videos, technical data and more related to 3M products and systems and how they work in your projects.

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