DuPont™ Tyvek® construction: The best new home building materials

A lot of people talk about energy efficiency, but at MileStone Community Builders, we do a lot more than talk. We take the energy efficiency of our new homes seriously, not only because it’s good for the environment, but also because it affects the comfort and well-being of everyone who lives in our communities. That’s why we use DuPont™ Tyvek® construction in many of our homes.

DuPont™ Tyvek® construction materials on the exterior of a home being built

Why Tyvek®?

DuPont™ Tyvek® weather barriers are as beneficial in the summer as they are in the winter. Tyvek® has the look and feel of thick, tough paper, but it’s actually made with a durable web of fibers that provides continuous coverage and protection. Though you won’t see it once the house is built, it’s still there underneath your cladding. It keeps the structure secure from moisture and temperature transfer. It’s also tough and breathable, offering a wealth of benefits that insulation, siding and masonry materials alone simply can’t. These benefits include:

  • Moisture protection: Tyvek® construction not only keeps outside moisture from entering your home but also addresses moisture that originates inside your home. The average family of four produces up to 10 gallons of moisture vapor on a daily basis. That’s through everyday activities like showering, cooking and washing dishes! Even though kitchen and bathroom fans eliminate much of this moisture, some inevitably finds its way into your walls. The unique breathable design of Tyvek® allows any moisture to escape. Therefore, Tyvek® prevents serious issues like mold and water damage.
  • Improved efficiency: Homes waste energy in all kinds of ways, but one of the most serious problems is losing hot and cold air right through the walls. Air leakage is responsible for up to 40% of the average home’s energy loss. Thankfully, Tyvek® construction significantly reduces this figure by preventing conditioned air in your home from escaping and keeping the hot or cold air outside from entering. The result is a year-round boost in energy efficiency, though the effect is most pronounced in winter.

Thermal image of the energy efficiency of a home

Efficiency matters

The energy efficiency of your home is important for a variety of reasons. DuPont™ Tyvek® construction has real, tangible benefits that you’ll notice as soon as you move in.

  • Comfort control: Maintaining the desired temperature in your home can be a challenge during the chilly winter months as well as the blazing heat of summer. Tyvek® construction alleviates this problem by reducing heat transfer. It’s just one of the features in every MileStone home—along with high-efficiency HVAC systems and digital programmable thermostats—that helps you stay cool in summer and warm in winter.
  • Energy savings: The more efficient your home, the less you need to use your heating and cooling system. That means you don’t have to spend as much on energy to maintain the right temperature in your house. The efficiency-boosting capabilities of Tyvek® will allow you to use your HVAC less. Therefore, lowering your utility bills and keeping that money where it belongs—in your wallet.

At MileStone, we’re committed to helping you find your dream home in the Austin area. Your home will not only look great and offer top amenities, but may also have the energy efficiency to keep you comfortable and protect your pocketbook for years to come. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of DuPont™ Tyvek® construction.

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