Waterproofing

Robinson ... building integrity.

Robinson ... building integrity.

New mapei products work at all levels

November 2011

MAPEI, a leading global manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and chemical products for buildings, says it is pleased with the response it has received for its new generation of waterproofing solutions that can be used both above and below the ground.

These synthetic membranes – Mapeplan T Mf, Mapeplan T B, and Mapeplan T TU – have been specially developed to address the unique waterproofing requirements of construction projects in the UAE and across the Middle East.

“The responses we have received from the local and regional markets is a clear reflection of the current market demand for high-quality and environment-friendly products across the region.

Mapei has introduced this range after taking into account the distinct requirements of the region both for substructure and roof waterproofing in both new construction and remedial situations,” says Vince Robinson, the specification consultant of Mapei.

“Mapeplan T Mf, Mapeplan T B, and Mapeplan T TU are perfect for all weather conditions and have been engineered to deliver optimum environmental benefits,” he adds.

Mapeplan T Mf and Mapeplan T B are synthetic roof waterproofing membranes in flexible polyolefin TPO/FPO (thermoplastic olefin/flexible polyolefin) produced in a single multi-extrusion process, with high-quality raw materials. They conform to EN 13956 standard.

“Both membranes, which are suitable for all weather conditions, have high ultraviolet (UV) resistance, excellent mechanical properties and ‘smart white’ reflectance properties,” he says.

Mapeplan T Mf, which is mechanically fixed, is reinforced with polyester net, fleece backed with 300 gm per sq m woven-non-woven polyester.

Mapeplan T B is a loosely laid ballasted membrane reinforced with glass mat. It is ideal for exposed roof garden systems and can be used for applications on non-compatible surfaces.

Mapeplan T TU, on the other hand, is a non-toxic waterproofing membrane developed for tunnels and underground works with a distinctive damage-detecting signal layer. Just like Mapeplan T Mf and Mapeplan T B, Mapeplan T TU features double heat seams that allow pressure test, which confirms the membrane integrity prior to being put into service.

Mapei’s latest range of TPO membranes also boasts of excellent green building qualities. The manufacturing process of each product has been found to save up to 30 per cent energy through a cogeneration technique, while 100 per cent recycled water is being used during production.

The company also confirms that 100 per cent of production waste is being recycled, while the waterproofing products use up to 70 per cent less packaging materials, significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The TPO membranes have also been specially formulated to help developers acquire Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Founded in Milan, Italy, in 1937, Mapei is today a world leader in the production of adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall-coverings.

The company is also specialised in other chemical products for building, ranging from waterproofing to special mortars, and from admixtures for concrete to products for the restoration of ancient buildings.

Mapei’s UAE subsidiary is Innovative Building Solutions (IBS-Mapei). As part of its long-term commitment to the Middle East, the company commenced local production in February 2009 at its 40,000 sq m state-of-the-art facility at Dubai Investments Park.

The group now counts 68 subsidiaries with 58 production facilities in operation across 27 countries in five continents.




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