Sustainable and environmental issues are, quite rightly, matters of great importance to us all in construction. A full understanding of ideas once rarely mentioned – like ‘global warming’, ‘waste recycling’ and ‘life-cycle analysis’ – is now core to maintaining our reputation as a responsible industry.
Bitumen Waterproofing membrane industry, BWA represents manufacturers who are committed to ensuring their industry is sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible. It represents manufacturers (DeBoer) who consider that this document – Environmental Declaration for Bitumen Roof Waterproofing Systems – is an important step in achieving that aim.
The principal task of bituminous waterproofing is to protect buildings against water in it's various forms e.g. rain, humidity, snow and hail. Beyond this, it's waterproofing qualities preserve and sustain a building’s capital value. In fact, it's ability to protect thermal insulation from rainwater penetration ensures those thermal properties – the measure of sustainable economy– will remain effective.
Bituminous waterproofing can also make the roof accessible to pedestrians, even vehicles, and is the optimal, durable, solution to creating vegetation systems on the roof that can help keep a building healthy and support biodiversity.
Besides it's use in buildings, bituminous waterproofing is used in applications intended to protect structures such as channels and reservoirs – either for temporary storage or for later treatment. In other circumstances, bituminous membranes are also used for roads, storm spillways, reservoirs and for storing contaminated liquids, so helping to protect ground water and soil from the risk of contamination with dangerous substances.
Did you know waterproofing membranes are also recyclable!
Due to the thermoplastic properties of their principle components (bitumen, polyester reinforcements, polymers, fusible plastic film), bitumen waterproofing sheets can be converted into mass bitumen products like road asphalt – significantly reducing the demand for virgin bitumen. Indeed in the case of high quality waste, bitumen roofing can be recycled to become bitumen sheets once again. When reused to cover roads, bituminous waterproofing sheets thus form a viable and sustainable stockpile of oil constituents.
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