Timber and DuPont™ Tyvek®: appealing aesthetics and energy efficiency for InMedica

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A project by Ecodomus in Kaunas, Lithuania

Aspirations for a sustainable future are increasing in Lithuania. Timber has reclaimed popularity within the domestic market as the environmentally friendly material of choice.

Off-site timber frame manufacturer “Ecodomus” specialises in sustainable construction and has been commissioned to deliver a contemporary structure depicting minimalistic aesthetics, whilst achieving high operational energy efficiency.

The new Inmedica’s building in Kaunas, Lithuania, designed by architectural practice “ARCHAS” and built by Ecodomus. Timber structure is protected by DuPont™ Tyvek® Soft membrane due to its outstanding weatherisation and hygrothermal performance. Photo courtesy of Ecodomus, all rights reserved.

The new Inmedica’s building in Kaunas, Lithuania, designed by architectural practice “ARCHAS” and built by Ecodomus.
Timber structure is protected by DuPont™ Tyvek® Soft membrane due to its outstanding weatherisation and hygrothermal performance.
Photo courtesy of Ecodomus, all rights reserved.

To accomplish the objectives of the project the business has relied upon the use of DuPont™ Tyvek® membranes to the protect timber structure and create an airtight building envelope. The building is located in Kaunas and belongs to InMedica (www.inmedica.lt) which owns the largest chain of healthcare clinics in Lithuania.

Timber structure is protected by DuPont™ Tyvek® Soft membrane due to its outstanding weatherisation and hygrothermal performance.

By putting together the architectural brief for the design team, InMedica has realised its ambitious vision for a new multi-functional facility. The business wanted to pursue sleek contemporary aesthetics suited to accommodate a clinic of general practitioners’ along with other medical services offered. It is expected for the operational performance of the building to be highly energy efficient to reduce the carbon footprint, as well as to meet stringent and demanding requirements set for medical facilities on hygiene and healthy spaces.

The new Inmedica’s building in Kaunas, Lithuania, designed by architectural practice “ARCHAS” and built by Ecodomus. Timber structure is protected by DuPont™ Tyvek® Soft membrane due to its outstanding weatherisation and hygrothermal performance. Photo courtesy of Ecodomus, all rights reserved.

The new Inmedica’s building in Kaunas, Lithuania, designed by architectural practice “ARCHAS” and built by Ecodomus.
Timber structure is protected by DuPont™ Tyvek® Soft membrane due to its outstanding weatherisation and hygrothermal performance.
Photo courtesy of Ecodomus, all rights reserved.

The architect studio “ARCHAS” made a decision to commission the project to “Ecodomus“ – one of the fastest growing companies in the domestic market of engineered timber. DuPont™ Tyvek® StructureGuard breathable wall membrane was the material of choice for “Ecodomus“, due to its outstanding durability and vapour-permeable properties. Tyvek® StructureGuard is well renowned for its water repelling performance, providing long term protection for degradable structures such as timber. The architects have thoroughly considered detailing and have hence specified DuPont™ FlexWrap flashing tape to protect heads & jambs of windows and doors from unintentional air-leakage and water ingress.

 

“Use of timber speeds up the construction timeline while allowing us to pursue sustainable construction practice. We accepted the challenge to combine advanced technologies and vanguard engineering to achieve the objectives of our customers. We were happy having found a reliable solution to prevent ingress of water via the envelope of the building. We have therefore chosen Tyvek® membranes, which offer the highest environmental performance credentials with excellent 15 year product warranties. This has helped us exceed the regulatory requirements applicable in our country. Being satisfied with the solution, we would highly commend the product.” Quoted by Mr Girmantas Juknys, MD of Ecodomus.

The new Inmedica’s building in Kaunas, Lithuania, designed by architectural practice “ARCHAS” and built by Ecodomus. Timber structure is protected by DuPont™ Tyvek® Soft membrane due to its outstanding weatherisation and hygrothermal performance. Photo courtesy of Ecodomus, all rights reserved.

The new Inmedica’s building in Kaunas, Lithuania, designed by architectural practice “ARCHAS” and built by Ecodomus.
Timber structure is protected by DuPont™ Tyvek® Soft membrane due to its outstanding weatherisation and hygrothermal performance.
Photo courtesy of Ecodomus, all rights reserved.

One third of Lithuania’s territory is covered by forests, predominantly pine trees. Timber has been used as a locally sourced building material for centuries and the skills of the woodworking & joinery trade have been passed down through the generations. There are well known historical architectural masterpieces built from timber, but only very few have survived. Abandoned during the Soviet era, timber regained its momentum in independent Lithuanian architecture and is capitalised today to create pleasant, healthy, and sustainable living spaces.

About “Ecodomus” (ecodomus.lt) offers contemporary and environmentally friendly solutions from engineered timber. They are specialists in off-site manufacturing of panelised timber frames, roof trusses and spandrel panels to customisable dimensions with prime focus on large projects. Ecodomus takes pride in having one of the most advanced factories in the Baltics which procures the highest quality materials from responsible sources.

About “ARCHAS” (archas.lt) Established in 2005 by leading architects Mantas Navalinskas and Gintaras Čepurna, “ARCHAS” is an architectural and interior design practice based in Lithuania, offering design services to residential, industrial, and commercial projects. The practice takes pride in providing solutions to complex needs on a wide variety of purpose designed buildings, where the team commits on deliverables by overseeing and supervising implementation.

The new Inmedica’s building in Kaunas, Lithuania, designed by architectural practice “ARCHAS” and built by Ecodomus. Timber structure is protected by DuPont™ Tyvek® Soft membrane due to its outstanding weatherisation and hygrothermal performance. Photo courtesy of Ecodomus, all rights reserved.

The new Inmedica’s building in Kaunas, Lithuania, designed by architectural practice “ARCHAS” and built by Ecodomus.
Timber structure is protected by DuPont™ Tyvek® Soft membrane due to its outstanding weatherisation and hygrothermal performance.
Photo courtesy of Ecodomus, all rights reserved.

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