Siniat’s Weather Defence 2nd Generation board has been tested to the limit after being launched into space to take on the most extreme conditions.

Part of the Etex Building Performance group, Siniat powered a small payload made out of the external sheathing product into space using a meteorological balloon.

The specialist material, which can be left exposed on frame for up to 12 months, experienced atmospheric temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of over 200 miles per hour. Able to fend off the elements, Weather Defence can be used to quickly weather-proof buildings during construction, allowing interior trades to start work before the facade has been completed to boost on-site productivity.

Siniat’s product manager, Mark Riley, said: “The project was a unique way of showing Weather Defence’s capabilities, exposing the material to one of the world’s harshest environments. Our research and innovation teams are committed to making sure Siniat’s materials meet and surpass the demands placed upon them by specifiers and designers to speed up construction and provide quality of life for building users.”