A new distributor of building products from Europe has set up shop in Brooklyn, New York. The company, called Four Seven Five, was recently founded by a trio of Passivhaus consultants: Floris Keverling Buisman, Sam McAfee, and Ken Levenson. Four Seven Five plans to import air-sealing products and ventilation fans from Germany, as well as HVAC equipment from Denmark.
One way to describe Four Seven Five: it’s the Small Planet Workshop of the East coast. Like Albert Rooks of Olympia, Washington, the Brooklyn triumvirate behind Four Seven Five imports European air-sealing tapes. Rooks sells Siga tapes, while Four Seven Five sells tapes manufactured by a competitor, Pro Clima of Schwetzingen, Germany.
Pro Clima makes window tapes, sheathing tapes, housewrap tapes, and vapor-retarder membrane tapes. Like tapes made by Siga, Pro Clima tapes have an aggressive adhesive that is free of VOCs.
Like other high-quality tapes, Pro Clima tapes come with a slick paper peel-away backing. We’re all familiar with the frustrations of such tapes: for one thing, few carpenters have fingernails that are sharp enough to get the corner of the peel-away paper started. And when the paper backing is finally off, the tape tends to curl into itself, causing the dreaded “sticky side to sticky side” disaster. Okay — that length of 80¢-a-foot tape is ruined. I guess it’s time to cut another length of tape and try again to peel away the corner of the paper backing. I wish I had a teenager with sharp fingernails to help get this corner started …
Of course, once you have successfully navigated the peel-and-stick-and-stick dance, the tape works great.
Most Pro Clima tapes come in a single width (3 3/8 inch). Each roll of tape is between 65 feet and 98 feet long and sells for $33 to $87 per roll.
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