b'Weathertex on Steel FramesInstalling Weathertex onto a steel frame is generally similar to installing Weathertex on a timber frame. There is however some differences of which the installer must be aware and the following section outlines the technical information unique to steel frame installation.FastenersAppropriate fasteners must be used when installing onto steel frames. See the Fasteners Section and High Wind Area Section to select the correct fastener. Do not tap home under-driven gun nails as this can break the holding power of the fastener. Incorrectly shot nails should be removed and refastened at least 15mm away from the original fastener position.Thermal BreaksSince 2007 there has been a Thermal Break provision within the Energy Efficiency requirements of the NCC. The provision is included to prevent thermal bridging across the wall cavity. Thermal bridging is a leakage of heat through a conductive path such as metal framing. Thermal bridging causes a reduction in the overall R-value of the wall system, significantly reduces the efficiency of the buildings heating and cooling systems and can lead to condensation problems in the wall cavity.In accordance with the NCC a thermal break with R-value no less than 0.2 must be installed between the Weathertex external cladding and the metal framing members to separate both elements. When installing Weathertex Weatherboards, thermal break battens must be installed on to all studs. When installing Weathertex Sheets or Architectural Panels, thermal break battens must be installed onto all studs and noggings. Butt-join the stud battens leaving a 5mm gap while also leaving 20mm gaps between nogging battens.Weathertex recommends the following two options as suitable thermal breaks:Softwood Timber BattensSoftwood timber battens are easily installed to provide a suitable thermal break between Weathertex and a steel frame. The softwood timber battens shall be 20mm deep and wide enough to cover the face of the frame. For example if 70x35mm steel frame is chosen, the battens shall be 20x35mm at suitable length. A breather membrane must be installed between the steel frame and battens; see section on Wall Sarking Requirements. The membrane can be secured by the timber battens as they are installed along a wall. Final fixings will hold battens firmly in place but they must be temporarily fixed to the frame at 600mm centres before the cladding can be installed.Extruded polystyrene strips Extruded polystyrene strips are an alternative to softwood timber battens for a thermal break solution. The extruded polystyrene strips shall be 12mm deep and wide enough to cover the face of the frame. For example if a 70x35mm steel frame is chosen, the battens shall be 12x35mm at suitable length. A breather membrane must be installed between the steel frame and battens; see section on Wall Sarking Requirements. The membrane must be held in place temporarily, using suitable fasteners, before the battens and the Weathertex are installed Nails or screws cannot be used to secure expanded polystyrene strips to the frame. Instead, double-sided adhesive tape or construction adhesive is suitable to hold the strips in place on the frame. Final fixings will hold extruded polystyrene strips firmly in place. Cavity CloserTo protect against vermin and other material entering the cavity, the base of the cavity must be sealed using the Weathertex Large or Small Cavity Closer. A cavity closer must be installed at the base of the wall and above window heads and inter-storey flashings. The bottom of each batten is inserted into the cavity closer.Use 20mm Large Cavity Closer when using 20mm softwood timber thermal break battens (Applicable for all products) Use 20mm Large Cavity Closer when using polystyrene thermal break strips (Option for Primelok and Classic products only) Use 10mm Small Cavity Closer when using polystyrene thermal break strips (Applicable for all products)Fix the cavity closer to the base plate at 300mm centres. Butt-join cavity closers as required and ensure the closers are fixed in a straight, level line. It is important that the openings in the cavity closer are kept clear and unobstructed to allow free drainage and ventilation of the cavity.23'