Leading building membranes specialist, Icopal has encountered the continuing recession with the launch of a plethora of new products at this years Ecobuild. The company, which draws on the expertise of the global Icopal brand for research and development, has launched four new products on its larger-than-usual stand in addition to showcasing its green roof systems and accessories, BRE Green Guide A+ rated single-ply waterproofing membranes, Monarfloor acoustic solutions for the Code for Sustainable Homes, and Geomembranes extended product range.
The new sustainable roofing systems launched at Ecobuild 2010 were:
Also showcased on the Icopal stand were Monarfloors Bridgestop, a proprietary separating wall system that has been approved by Robust Details [E-WM-19] as the first four-credit wall solution for The Code for Sustainable Homes as per Section 7: Health and Wellbeing.
Research by Icopal has already shown cost savings can be made in materials and labour because the party walls only require plasterboard of 8kg/m2 instead of 12.5kg2 for solid Part E solution walls, saving 4.5kg/m2 of gypsum-based board per m2. Manufactured from recycled LRAC foam, Bridgestop also enables a cavity party wall to be constructed off a continuous slab, showing significant costs savings below ground.
Details of how Icopal Monarflex Geomembranes product range has been extended to include solutions for radon control, Japanese Knotweed, volatile liquids and damp proofing was also available on the stand. All Monarflex Geomembranes are offered on either a supply-only basis or via a complete installation service using Icopals own directly employed installers.
Icopals stand was manned by specialists who advised on all product and design considerations for the complete range of roofing, acoustic and geomembrane solutions.
The companys green roof portfolio includes extensive systems such as those for sedum, bio-diverse and meadow, as well as intensive build-ups for lawns, trees and shrubs, hard landscaping and car parks. These are complemented by the EasyGreen modular sedum system and TerraDek deck hard landscaping.
Green roof systems from the company give a unique combination of benefits including minimum roof loadings (substrates up to a third lighter than standard top soil), integrity of waterproofing surfaces including guarantees of up to 20 years, and single source of supply.
In addition, the SureWeld green TPO membrane does not contain any internal or external plasticisers, chlorine, bromine or halogens, and is so environmentally-friendly and recyclable it is approved by Greenpeace.