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New BBA certificates for the Hydrotech Hot-Melt Waterproofing system are now available on the Alumasc Roofing Systems website.

The main updates to the certificates are:

1. The roofing certificate confirms suitability for use on ‘completely flat roofs’ and at ‘zero-pitch’.

2. Hydrogard 50 is now included as an extra heavy duty protection sheet in both certificates.

3. Hydrogard 40 AR (anti-root) is included as an FLL rated root barrier in the roofing certificate.

To download the new Hydrotech Waterproofing BBA Certificate, click here. To download the new Hydrotech Damp Proofing BBA Certificate, click here.

Please note, you may need to refresh your web browser if you have downloaded a previous PDF of either BBA Certificate to access the new version(s).

Other BBA & ETA Certificates can be downloaded by clicking here.

Hydrotech has been BBA certified continuously since 1990, longer than any other hot-melt system, and also carries an ETA (European Technical Approval) Certificate (No 05/152).

The Hydrotech hot melt system provides seamless waterproofing ideal for high performance green roofs, podiums and highly detailed waterproofing or water feature schemes with zero product failures in over 50 years, the Hydrotech hot-melt system offers lifetime performance

If you would like any further information on Hydrotech system please click here, call us on 03335 771 700 or email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk.

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Ebury SquareAn exclusive new housing development in the heart of London is the latest showcase for a range of waterproofing and green roof solutions from Alumasc.

Built by The Berkeley Group in the centre of Belgravia, the elite Ebury Square development offers a selection of one to four bedroom private residences.

Alumasc’s Registered Contractor Tilbury Contracts Ltd, installed a total of 3,800m2 of Hydrotech monolithic membrane to the lightwell areas, podium roofs, individual balconies, wraparound terraces and penthouse balconies, which were all completed as inverted roof designs.  A Hydrotech anti-root waterproofing system, inverted roof insulation, drainage boards, extensive green roof substrates and sedum mats were also installed to the main roof areas. The courtyard was waterproofed and insulated and a drainage board installed providing support for the construction of deep planters, raised areas and stairways creating attractive landscaped gardens and protection for the car park below.

The project presented a major challenge in that it is situated directly over a London Underground route. The concrete slab at ground level was mounted on large anti-vibration springs, and isolated from the surrounding construction to prevent damage to the building from the vibration of trains below.  The resulting 50mm joint between the isolated and non-isolated structures, required appropriate waterproofing to prevent water entry into the basement below.

Working together, Alumasc and Tilbury Contracts strapped the joint using FlexFlash UN, an uncured neoprene rubber, with the full Hydrotech 6125 system abutting the joint edge on both sides to ensure it was watertight whilst also keeping the two slabs isolated. A brick upstand was built directly off the Hydrotech, and the full system was dressed from the previously waterproofed horizontal slab and up the face of the brickwork, and terminated with a cover flashing. This ensured successful waterproofing whilst not compromising the integrity of the specified system.

Richard Sawyer, construction and surveying manager with Tilbury Contracts, said:

“The roofing installation for the project was completed on time and to budget and has helped provide a sophisticated and desirable place for people to live in the heart of Belgravia.  The use of Hydrotech and the Blackdown green roofing system from Alumasc complemented the build perfectly – Hydrotech is a very secure system which is easy to work with and suited the awkward detailing better than any alternative product would have. The green roof is not only visually pleasing but provides strong environmental credentials whilst offering additional benefits such as noise insulation.”

Alumasc’s Hydrotech is a hot melt system which provides seamless waterproofing ideal for high performance green roofs, podiums and highly detailed waterproofing or water feature schemes. It is manufactured using a minimum of 10% post-consumer recycled material, is BBA accredited and has European Technical Approval.

Blackdown Green Roofs from Alumasc are constructed from a range of components that replicate the natural growing environment for plants, without requiring the same depth and weight of construction.

If you would like any further information on Alumasc’s Roofing Systems, please click here, call us on 03335 771 500 or email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk.

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University of Greenwich Blackdown RoofA Blackdown green roof from Alumasc provides one of the main features at the new School of Architecture and Construction at The University of Greenwich.

Officially opened in December 2014, the £78m new-build development is based in Stockwell Street within Maritime Greenwich on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project also included a new library, and features a series of terraced roofs, comprising 14 interlinked teaching gardens, forming the largest multifunctional roof space in London.

To facilitate this pioneering green roof design, a total of  3,407m2 of green roofing System from Alumasc was specified by architects, Heneghan Peng, and Landscape Architects Allen Scott, and installed by Blackdown.

University of Greenwich Blackdown RoofThe new building had to be ‘demonstrably sustainable’ in the sense that both it, and its facilities, minimise their environmental impact and use of resources. The Blackdown green roof system creates a living laboratory where the sustainability of new ideas in landscape and architecture can be tested, and innovations developed and applied.

Glenn O’Brien, Architect at Heneghan Peng, commented:
“Our design proposals had to reflect the location’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage site while remaining sensitive to the neighbouring buildings, particularly the residences to the rear of the site. Incorporating the interlinked landscaped roofs allowed us a creative approach in dealing with these challenges.

“The green roof system underpins all of the landscaping on the roofs. We see it as the base infrastructure that allows for either soft or hard landscaping permutations. This proved very useful as the design progressed with different planting options, and we were secure in the University of Greenwich knowledge that the green roof system would be able to accommodate them. The zero-fall system also allowed us to achieve very large spans and roof areas with minimum difficulty.

“There is naturally a great deal of excitement about the future of research at the University of Greenwich and these roofs are already helping students and staff to extend their understanding of environmental infrastructure and of landscaped and green spaces across increasingly urbanised areas.”

University of Greenwich Blackdown RoofThe 14 interlinked terraces have already been received a BREEAM Innovation award due to their educational and research aims. Blackdown green roofs from Alumasc are constructed from a range of components that replicate the natural growing environment for plants, without requiring the same depth and weight of construction.

Green roofs absorb CO2, improve a building’s thermal performance, increase rainwater retention thereby reducing storm water run-off, and reduce the life-cycle costs of a roof by protecting it from climatic changes, UV light and mechanical damage.

For further details of Alumasc’s full range of waterproofing systems call 03335 771 500.

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Mar5

Derbigum Roofing “The Jewel in the Crown”

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Derbigum Roofing

Alumasc Roofing Systems along with Mitie Tilley Roofing have recently completed the installation of a 1500 m2 Derbigum high performance waterproofing system at Crown Bevcan, Carlisle.  Crown, UK beverage can manufacturers and one of the largest packaging companies in the world, were investing £2 million into the upgrade of their production line at Botchery.

As the 3rd highest producer of beverage cans globally and with net sales in 2014 of $9.1 billion, it was essential that Crown had peace of mind that any refurbishment works carried out at their Botchery plant would result in the waterproofing integrity of their works being guaranteed long term. To this end, Alumasc Roofing were approached to provide a waterproofing system that could be installed with this key aim in mind.

Richard Emerson, Alumasc Roofing Area Manager and the Alumasc Technical Team worked very closely with the Client and Mitie Tilley Roofing to ensure the waterproofing solution specified met the demanding requirements of this project and site conditions.

Challenges:

The most challenging aspect of the project was to keep the site live with no interruption to the production process. This was overcome with thorough planning and organisation. The Client, Mitie Tilley Roofing and Alumasc worked closely to facilitate site deliveries at timed intervals and coordinate site inspections to strict time schedules.

Design Considerations:

Communication was key with this scheme and attention to detail was paramount. The existing building required a robust and versatile waterproofing system to upgrade the manufacturing office, yet the aesthetics of the original building had to be taken into account.

Allied to these requirements, the waterproofing specified had to have superior performance characteristics in relation to the prevention of external fire spread and penetration.

The Derbigum Solution

Taking all these factors into account, Derbigum was the natural choice not only due to its ‘unrestricted’ classification in relation to fire, but also the Alumasc 30 Year Insurance Backed Warranty offered for this project.  The Derbigum system provided superior performance and waterproofing longevity for the future of their works.

Derbigum is a BBA approved system, with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years.  It is suitable for flame-free and cold application to warm roofs with metal, concrete or plywood decks and inverted roofs with concrete decks.

If you would like any further information on Derbigum waterproofing membranes please click here, call us on 03335 771 700 or email roofing@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk.

 

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A number of Alumasc Exterior Building Products Ltd’s office-based team at St Helens have raised over £500 for ‘Movember’.During November each year, Movember encourages the growth of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world, raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

From the 1st of November Alumasc’s clean shaven team faced a month of growing and grooming their moustaches. Known as ‘Mo Bros’, participants become walking, talking advertisements for the entire month raising awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

Funds raised in the UK are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and their men’s health partners, Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research.

Movember works with partners to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

John Carter, Alumasc’s Façade Systems MD congratulated the fundraising efforts of the team. John joined in the fun with colleagues, sporting a fetching ‘home-made’ moustache, along with Product Director Simon Poe at the presentation of ‘Alumasc’s best Movember moustache’ – presented to Despatch Manager, Andy Langley.

Well done to all involved in this worthy cause. More information on Movember can be found at: http://uk.movember.com

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EcoCampus, Hamilton International Park - Alumasc Hydrotech & Zinco Green RoofAlumasc’s ZinCo green roof system and Hydrotech structural waterproofing were key elements in the EcoCampus at Hamilton International Park, a uniquely sustainable business community located south east of Glasgow.

Built by Balfour Beatty, the EcoCampus is designed to provide a sustainable foundation delivering high performance buildings with EPC & BREEAM ‘Carbon Neutral’ & ‘Excellent’ Status. The EcoCampus accommodates businesses within three Grade A carbon neutral buildings totalling 223,800 square feet.

The ZinCo intensive green roof system features planter zones, small plants, shrubs and bushes and was an important part of the development’s environmental focus. Briggs Amasco installed the green roof over approximately 7,500m2 of Alumasc’s Hydrotech MM6125 structural waterproofing. The roof also features Alumasc’s Harmer AV Roof Outlets.

Client, HFD Group, was influential in the specification of Hydrotech as they had used ZinCo green roofs on other parts of the Park and were keen to achieve a high performance waterproofing solution for the podium car park.

The green roof provides recreational space for people and a rich habitat for wildlife, as well as facilitating reduced water run-off and lower noise levels. The greater substrate depth of the intensive roof also provides particularly good insulation properties.

ZinCo Intensive green roofs replicate ground-based landscaping for recreational use and are suitable for new build schemes with roof and podium decks. They offer the benefits of a small urban park and support a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs, having a typical substrate depth that ranges from 150-1500mm.

Hydrotech is the first choice for zero falls waterproofing on inverted green roofs and hard landscaped podium structures in new build applications. It is manufactured using 10% post-consumer recycled material, is BBA accredited and has European Technical Approval ETA-05/0152. Hydrotech is designed to last for lifetime of the structure and is available with a choice of warranties.

For further details on Hydrotech MM6125 structural waterproofing click here.

For further details about Alumasc’s range of Green Roof systems click here.

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Wymondham CollegeAlumasc’s Euroroof Mastergold flat roof membrane has provided the optimum waterproofing solution for the urgent roof refurbishment on the sports complex at Wymondham College in Norfolk.

Alumasc – called in by roofing contractors, TC Garrett Ltd – recommended stripping back the roof to the concrete deck and replacing it with a new warm roof incorporating a cut to falls tapered system which would solve the problems of the standing water.

Euroroof Mastergold was chosen due to its suitability for warm roof refurbishment applications. The 20-year warranty was an important factor in the specification, and both roofing contractor and client were impressed with the aesthetics of the charcoal mineral finish.

TC Garrett installed 1200 square metres of Euroroof Mastergold over a thermo-adhesive underlay. The installation involved intricate detailing around new rooflights.

Euroroof Mastergold transforms working with traditional bituminous membranes, speeding up installation time without compromising long-term performance. Euroroof is a fully warranted system that offers high tensile strength and pliability and excellent resistance to puncture and UV degradation. The Mastergold membrane is available with a black mineral finish and can be used with a range of insulations to suit specification and U-value parameters.

For further details on Alumasc’s Euroroof Mastergold and the full range of waterproofing systems click here.

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A complete package of Waterproofing solutions from Alumasc has been used on the newly extended Ashfield House, the HQ of Ashfield In2Focus, part of the Sales, Marketing and Medical Division of United Drug plc.

The newly extended training and management facility based in Leicestershire, boasts a striking and sustainable design from architects shedkm of Liverpool, which demanded the innovative use of multiple roofing systems including Hydrotech Structural Waterproofing, Derbigum Bituminous Membranes and a ZinCo Extensive Green Roof.

The design comprises three separate roof areas – a car stacking system, a first floor extension to the existing building and a new build rooftop pavilion – each demanding specific roofing solutions. Its success was made possible due to the flexibility of Alumasc systems and the combined skills of the design team, the Alumasc approved installer Monarch Roofing Co and main contractor Sisk.

The Hydrotech hot-melt system was installed on the inverted roof of the first floor extension and provided a continuous monolithic fusion to an existing Hydrotech waterproofing system. Hydrotech is manufactured using 10% post-consumer recycled material and has European Technical Approval ETA-05/0152.

The rooftop pavilion demanded an unusual solution of a 600m2 hybrid zero falls roof, combining both Hydrotech and Derbigum membranes. The use of Hydrotech over the metal deck enabled the roof to be kept lightweight. Warm roof insulation was laid on top of the Hydrotech and finished with a Derbigum high performance cap sheet.

Finally, an extensive ZinCo green roof was installed over Hydrotech to the roof of the steel car stacking units to soften the impact of the units on the view from overlooking residential buildings. ZinCo Green Roofs from Alumasc are available in four broad application categories to suit all needs from extensive sedum roofs to fully landscaped parkland, backed up by alternative waterproofing systems to provide a complete roofing solution from a single source.

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The Hydrotech MM6125 Structural Waterproofing system from Alumasc has been used in the construction of the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) – a brand new 9000m2 research facility for the University of Edinburgh.

The £35 million SCRM building was designed by architects Sheppard Robson and built by Miller Construction. Its stunning design includes a number of innovative renewable technologies resulting in a world-leading facility that is both energy efficient and significantly reduces operational costs. The project won the Considerate Constructors Scheme Gold award 2011.

Approximately 1500m² of Hydrotech was installed on the protected roof area by Alumasc’s approved contractor, Grainger Building Services Ltd, using the proven hot melt liquid application method. Hydrotech is a seamless waterproofing membrane that proved ideal for the intricate detailed design elements of the unusual roof. The highly efficient system has also helped the SCRM in becoming the first BREEAM “Excellent” research facility in the UK, achieving a target U-value of 0.15W/m²k.

Throughout the design and installation stages, Alumasc worked closely with Grainger Building Services to successfully meet the varied demands of the project. There were numerous plant decks requiring roof penetrations but it was essential that there could be no risk of water ingress into the building. At this point, Hydrotech came into its own, offering a high performance bituminous rubber blend allowing fast and simple installation around the penetrations and various architectural features including two glass atriums.

Hydrotech unique formulation guarantees lifetime performance and is manufactured using 10% post-consumer recycled material.

Hydrotech is fully warranted, BBA accredited and has European Technical Approval ETA-05/0152.

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Hydrotech MM6125 Structural Waterproofing and a ZinCo Green Roof system from Alumasc have been successfully used on the new £44 million campus of Belfast Metropolitan College. The project recently won Environmental project of the Year at the Sustainable Ireland Awards 2011 and has achieved one of the top BREEAM ratings.

The impressive 20,000m2 facility, designed by Todd Architects, is set around an inner courtyard and roof garden. 4,000m2 of Hydrotech was installed on the concrete podium of the courtyard which is situated above a basement car park.

Landscape architects, Paul Hogarth, specified Hydrotech as part of the green roof package as it can be installed with zero falls, thereby keeping podium height as low as possible. Combined with Hydrogard protection layers and root barriers, Hydrotech offered the ideal waterproofing solution for use beneath Alumasc’s ZinCo Intensive Green Roof.

ZinCo Intensive Green Roof systems enable virtually any type of ‘garden’ landscape to be created and the deep substrate can support a range of plants, trees and shrubs. The College courtyard, where the ZinCo system was installed, offers the benefits of a small urban park, providing a welcome habitat for wildlife as well as additional recreational space for the students.

At Belfast College, Hydrotech impressed main contractor, Patton, who approved its use following a demonstration of its benefits at Alumasc’s headquarters. Roofing Contractors on the scheme were Willart Roofing, who received full training from Alumasc to ensure a successful installation.

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May7

Alumasc Chosen for Kidbrooke Regeneration

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Alumasc’s Hydrotech waterproofing and ZinCo green roof systems have played a key role in creating high quality new homes and leisure spaces at Kidbrooke Village in London SE3.

The regeneration project by Berkeley, meets Code 3 for Sustainable Homes and provides for approximately 4,000 private and affordable homes, surrounded by open space, shops, community facilities and an improved transport system.

The specified systems met a strict list of criteria from Berkeley who required a BBA accredited structural waterproofing solution that could be laid to zero falls and would last the lifetime of the scheme. Hydrotech proved ideal for this project as its monolithic nature enabled its use in the phased construction and allowed quick installation.

The first apartments in Phase 1, City point, are now complete, incorporating Hydrotech and ZinCo systems on the podium areas, private balconies, terraces and main roof areas. The roofing specification included Hydrotech inverted waterproofing systems with Hydrogard 20 for the hard landscaped areas and Hydrogard 40 Anti-Root for the soft landscaped areas. The ZinCo intensive and semi-intensive green roofing areas contain growing substrate and appropriate planting.

In total, Tilbury Contracts will install over 12,000m2 of Alumasc waterproofing across a total of seven blocks. Tilbury, who were already prequalified to work with Berkeley, put together a highly experienced and trained team of installers who brought Phase 1 of the project to a successful conclusion.

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Mar28

Derbigum is key at Peacehaven

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Alumasc’s Derbigum Rapido waterproofing system is a key component in the UK’s largest curved green roof – installed at the new Peacehaven Wastewater Treatment works in East Sussex.

The roof itself covers over 17,000m2 – the equivalent of 2.5 football pitches – and required over 16,000m2 of Derbigum Rapido.

The sustainable roofing solution roof helped to secure planning permission for the Peacehaven facility, following a decade of delays, by convincing planners of its ability to marry perfectly with the surrounding countryside.

The Derbigum Rapido waterproofing system was a vital element of the green roof and one of the main contributors to the success of the project. The roofing solution was developed by Alumasc and their approved contractor, Prater Ltd who installed over 16,000m2 of Derbigum Rapido over the HPS200 coated metal deck single ply structure.

Derbigum waterproofing systems combine durability with the speed and ease of installation of a single layer system. Options are available for completely flame-free, high speed spray installation (in excess of 800m2 per day) which is BBA approved and fully warranted.

For more information on Derbigum, click here

Hydrotech MM6125 Structural Waterproofing from Alumasc, has been used on the new Sainsbury Laboratory, overcoming numerous challenges presented by the roof’s unusual design.

The award-winning scheme, designed by architects Stanton Williams is an 11,000m2 plant science research centre set in the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden. The concrete roof deck features a range of complex details such as photovoltaic panels, roof lights, exposed roof edge details and sunken wells housing mechanical and electrical services.

Alumasc’s Approved Contractor Fenland Flat Roofing installed 6000m2 of Hydrotech MM6125 structural waterproofing over the concrete roof deck during a six-month period which took them through the winter of 2010/11. The Hydrotech system was chosen for its high performance bituminous rubber blend which allows fast and simple installation over complex roof details and around penetrations.

The building’s environmental features also tested the skill of the installers. Pebbles were used as ballast around the photovoltaic cells, whilst paving slabs have been used as walkways to provide access to the sunken wells which are designed to hide the M&E services below the roofline.

The project has won several major awards including 2011 World Learning Building of the Year WAF Award; the 2011 Concrete Society Award and was highly commended in the Major Project category of the British Construction Industry Awards. It has also been awarded a BREEAM “excellent” rating for its outstanding environmental performance. 

Manufactured using 10% post-consumer recycled material, Hydrotech’s unique formulation guarantees lifetime performance.  Hydrotech is fully warranted, BBA Accredited and has European Technical Approval ETA-05/0152.

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Mar6

Visit Alumasc Roofing at Ecobuild 2012

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Ecobuild 2012 promises to be an exciting show for Alumasc on Stand number S2010.

A combination of new and well-established products will be on display, demonstrating Alumasc’s focus on sustainable building products for energy and water management within the built environment.

Alumasc Roofing will display leading brands in its Waterproofing and Green Roofing ranges. These include the new Euroroof Impermax cold-applied liquid waterproofing system and Euroroof membranes along with well-trusted brands such as Derbigum, Hydrotech and ZinCo Green Roofs. Alumasc Facades will be showcasing their range of thermally efficient External Wall Insulation solutions in readiness for the forthcoming Green Deal initiative.

Come and see us on Stand S2010.

 A Derbigum warm roof system from Alumasc has been used in the roof refurbishment of Doddington Community Hospital in Cambridgeshire – a project requiring complex liaison between the contractors who were working around the demands of one of Europe’s largest ever temporary roofs throughout the installation.

 

The hospital roof had come to the end of its lifecycle and urgently needed replacing.  Following the consideration of a number of options, the client,  NHS Cambridgeshire, decided the entire roof should be replaced.

The versatility of Alumasc’s Derbigum system was a major contributor to the work being finished on schedule, despite the scale of the project and the complicated logistics.

The main contractor, Morgan Sindall, was asked to remove the existing waterproofing and deck and install a new plywood deck. Alumasc approved contractor, Camflat Roofing, installed 1700m2 of the Derbigum warm roof system with a mineral surfaced Derbigum cap sheet, carrying a 20 year warranty. The system comprised a 4mm thick dual reinforced Derbigum membrane based on APP modified bitumen with a decorative mineral weathering surface, offering a combination of high performance protection plus speed and convenience of installation.

A huge HAKI temporary roof was used on the project to prevent any possibility of water ingress into the hospital while the roof was being replaced, enabling it to stay open to patients. Even though the temporary roof was one of the largest ever erected in Europe, it still only covered half of the space being re-roofed. All work in progress had to take place under the covered section which was moved on rails to the other end of the roof half way through the job. The work also included detailing around new windows, roof lights, and plant and courtyard areas.

Mick Smith of Camflat Roofing comments: “This job was complex in terms of the logistics and working under the temporary roof. Alumasc’s advice and support during the project was highly valuable and the speed and versatility of Derbigum was also a major factor in successfully completing the job.”

Derbigum warm roof systems combine the proven durability of the Derbigum range, with the speed and ease of installation of a single ply system. Options are available for completely flame-free, high speed spray installation (in excess of 1000m2 per day) which is BBA accredited and fully warranted.

For more information on Alumasc’s Derbigum high performance roofing membranes, click here 

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Alumasc provided a comprehensive package of high performance roofing products to the Downe Hospital in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

Designed by the URS / Scott Wilson Group, Downe Hospital is a £64million state-of-the-art healthcare facility, delivered by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust to provide a wide range of healing services to the local community.

Hydrotech MM6125 Structural Waterproofing and Derbigum Single Layer membrane were specified by the designers who had a good relationship with Alumasc’s Technical Team, following the successful use of their roofing products on a number of previous projects in Northern Ireland. The package provided a complete waterproofing solution supported by Alumasc’s unrivalled technical expertise and warranties.

13,000m2 of Hydrotech MM6125 was installed by approved contractor Grainger Building Services, across various areas of the roof requiring a structural waterproofing solution. Lightweight, tough and flexible, BBA Accredited Hydrotech is ideal for protected roofs, plaza decks, green roofs, water features and access roadways. The system offers a unique formulation combined with reinforcement to guarantee lifetime performance.

9000m2 of Derbigum Mineral in a light grey finish was installed on the flat roof areas. Derbigum is BBA Accredited and manufactured under ISO9000 & 14001 Quality and Environmental Management Standards. The system is available in a choice of finishes and colours including the fine mineral chippings specified for the hospital. Its many benefits include flexibility, excellent fire ratings, stronger reinforcement and suitability for all methods of application.

2000m of Alumasc’s Aluminium Skyline Copings have also provided an economical and easily installed finish to the parapets on all the flat roof areas.

For more information on Alumasc’s range of Structural Waterproofing systems, click here

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Oct5

LRWA Launches New Apprenticeship Programme

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The Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA) is launching a new Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAP) that will provide roofing professionals with the opportunity to develop an expertise in the installation of liquid waterproofing systems.

Starting in October 2011, the course combines classroom and workshop sessions with instruction on site. Successful candidates will obtain an NVQ Level 2 qualification.

For further information on the course and the range of grants available, please e-mail Terry Wain at info@lrwa.org.uk or go online here.

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Firestone RubberGard® EPDM waterproofing from Alumasc has been used on the new eco-friendly visitor centre at the world-famous Batsford Arboretum.

The Arboretum, near Moreton in the Marsh, Gloucestershire, is home to the largest private collection of trees and plants in the country. The new visitor centre is part of a £2m project coordinated by main contractor BEAM Construction (Cheltenham) Ltd and funded by the Batsford Foundation. The scheme incorporates a number of environmental features including a ground source heat pump, sheep’s wool insulation and a low-profile roof which will reduce volume and minimise energy consumption

Following careful consideration of the surrounding landscape, John Falconer Architects presented a unique and challenging ‘wave’ roof design to emulate the rolling Cotswold Hills, thus minimising the visual impact of the Centre. Firestone RubberGard® EPDM waterproofing was chosen for the project due to its eco-credentials, ability to form clean edge detail and its life expectancy of up to 50 years.

RubberGard® EPDM is a fully cured single ply membrane composed of EPDM polymer and carbon black, offering unrivalled resistance to ozone and UV radiation. Membrane characteristics remain stable over time thus providing a sustainable roofing solution which perfectly suited the Arboretum project. RubberGard® does not contain any plasticizers or flame retardants and as no toxic substances are released this allows collection and use of run-off rainwater.

RubberGard® EPDM is available in panel sizes up to 15m in width and 61m in length, giving the benefit of fewer field seams and a shorter installation time. It is inherently durable, remaining flexible at temperatures down to -45ºC, is competitively priced and delivers low life-cycle costs due to minimal maintenance requirements.

Alumasc worked closely alongside Firestone Authorised Contractor Cardiff Single Ply Roofing for the duration of the project, providing full technical support on all of the roof details.

For more information on Alumasc’s Firestone products, click here

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Jul6

Derbigum to the Rescue at Boss House

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Alumasc’s Derbigum Waterproofing system has played a key role in vital refurbishment work carried out on a prestigious London residential scheme.

Boss House is an upmarket warehouse conversion situated in the Shad Thames District of London. The existing 14-year-old roof urgently needed a complete upgrade, requiring Alumasc to work closely with Lamberts Chartered Surveyors to provide an innovative solution which would avoid the displacement of residents for the duration of the works. Whilst conventional approaches such as temporary roofing would have been prohibitively expensive and highly inconvenient for residents, Alumasc rose to the challenge, providing a competitively priced solution enabling everyone to remain in the building throughout.

The proposal involved attaching a new plywood base to the existing standing seam roof using timber packers fixed into the metal structural purlins. Working with the installer Tower Asphalt Ltd, Alumasc carried out tests on the roof to ascertain the correct fixings and to confirm that it would be possible to carry out work with residents still inside the premises. Tower Asphalt installed 1600m2 of 4mm Derbigum Mineral Charcoal, and throughout the project Alumasc liaised closely with the building surveyor, to ensure a smooth operation resulting in work being completed ahead of schedule.

Designed for situations requiring high performance and time efficiency, Derbigum Waterproofing was the ideal solution for Boss House, applying the proven durability of Derbigum with speed and ease of installation. Options are available for completely flame-free, high speed spray installation (in excess of 1000sq.m per day) which is BBA approved and fully warranted. The system is suitable for use on warm roofs with metal, concrete or plywood decks, both for re-roofing or new build applications.

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Alumasc has provided a stunning ZinCo green roof for Coworth Park Hotel Spa, the ‘ground breaking’ new eco-luxury spa opened by the Dorchester Collection.

The luxurious spa is situated in Ascot on the borders of Windsor Great Park, buried within the natural contours of the landscape. The building is camouflaged by the ZinCo green roof which is also being used to cultivate thyme, lavender, chamomile and other fragrant herbs for use in natural treatments at the Spa. The pioneering design by architects, Purcell Miller Tritton, has kept the building’s volume and footprint to a minimum whilst intimately relating the spa to its sensitive green belt setting.

Throughout the design and installation, Alumasc liaised closely with Purcell Miller Tritton to find the optimum solution for the unique semi circular design of the Spa’s pitched curved roof.  A total of 700m² of extensive and semi-intensive green roof systems were installed by M&J Flat Roofing over a Derbigum Warm Roof waterproofing system, also from Alumasc.

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Alumasc have donated  their Firestone RubberGard® EPDM single ply roofing system to Balsall Heath Church Centre in Birmingham as part of a unique refurbishment project. 

The Church’s new roof represents the UK’s very first use of  an innovative Photovoltaic System from Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) with Firestone RubberGard® EPDM.

Rubbergard® provides outstanding performance at extremes of both hot and cold temperatures, making it AGT’s system of choice for use with AGT Flexlight solar panels.

Installation of the roof was carried out by Close Building Services of Doncaster and Birmingham, a Firestone Approved Installer who worked closely alongside Jericho Construction for the duration of the project. 

Reverend Catherine Grylls of Balsall Heath Church Centre comments, “We are delighted with all the help given to allow this project to go forward. The Centre hopes to be a beacon of environmental sustainability. We will earn useful income for supplying clean electricity which will help to fund our work with local elders and we are delighted that this project will also benefit local unemployed young people through our partnership with the Jericho Foundation. For us as Christians it is vital that we try to live well with creation, locally and globally, and so environmental sustainability and addressing inequality are key issues for us.”

For more information on Firestone RubberGard® EPDM from Alumasc, click here.

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Mar4

Ecobuild Success for Alumasc

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Ecobuild is over for another year, with exhibitors now returning to their offices to evaluate the success of the new venue at London’s Excel Centre. 

Alumasc’s stand was a hive of activity for the duration of the show, with main attractions on the brand new stand being 3 Zones focussing on Energy Management, Green Roofing and Water Management.

Alumasc were also involved in live daily seminars discussing ‘Top Tips For The Successful Installation And Maintenance Of Green Roofs In New-Build Properties’ and ‘Practical Applications for Natural Materials’, all of which proved highly popular with visitors to the show.

Alumasc achieved ISO14001 environmental certification in 2007 and is a UK market leader in the provision of sustainable building products.  For more details, click here.

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Green roofs have been increasingly heralded as solutions to many of the challenges that face the UK’s built environment in today’s climate. Recent urban regeneration has led to increased population densities in the UK’s major towns and cities and the associated reduction in soft landscaped areas has created design issues that require sustainable solutions.

Green roofs can counter many of these threats, however, a lack of credible independent reference literature that is specific to the design and installation of green roofs in the UK, has surely restricted the number of installations across the country.

Alumasc has been heavily involved, with a number of fellow contributors, in the development of the GRO Green Roof Code of Best Practise for the UK 2011.

The Green Roof Organisation (GRO) as a body is facilitated by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC). The code is a clear concise guide that aims to:

1. Provide specifiers and installers with the requisite understanding of the key issues that affect the design, installation and maintenance of high quality, flourishing green roofs for the long-term;

2. Highlight the implications of different green roof specifications;

3. Standardise and clarify the terminology used to describe green roof issues and components through the publication of definitions for key terms;

4. Enable specifiers to comparatively assess the different manufacturers’ systems through the provision of guidance as to the function and relevant performance characteristics of each component within the build-up;

5. Guarantee a minimum quality standard for systems that comply with the requirements of the Code;

6. Promote the benefits of green roofs and highlight how different green roof build-ups can be tailored to prioritise specific objectives;

7. Highlight important health and safety issues that must be observed at the early design stages of a project;

8. Encourage green roof installers to undergo specialist, structured training courses to gain the expertise that will underpin greater numbers of quality green roof installations;

9. Provide for the long-term success of green roof installations by encouraging entry into maintenance contracts with the installing contractor;

10. Provide a foundation upon which further iterative developments can, in time, be based; leading to green roof guidelines that are as comprehensive as any available, including the publication of standard procedures for the characterisation of components and of required performance levels, so as to underpin the continuous improvement of green roofs in the UK.

For more information on Alumasc’s ZinCo green roof systems, click here

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johnferneleyPRFirestone UltraPly TPO™ from Alumasc has been used on a new 800-place secondary school building in Melton Mowbray which has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ and an EPC ‘B’ rating.

The John Ferneley College is undergoing a two-phase re-development by the Willmott Dixon Group, the first phase of which boasts an impressive new college building and landscape designed by architects and sustainability consultancy White Design Associates Ltd. The project showcases a number of sustainable features and construction techniques which have contributed to its impressive green credentials.

The Firestone UltraPly TPO waterproofing system was specified for the college roof due to its ease of installation, heat reflective and energy efficient properties. Its light coloured surface reflects sunlight before it can be absorbed and converted into heat energy, thus improving the energy efficiency of the building. The membrane can also be easily recycled, making it the perfect solution for environmentally sensitive applications.

Approved Contractor BriggsAmasco, installed 2500m2 of UltraPly TPO Fully Adhered System in Light Grey. The hot-air welded seaming process results in fast, economical installation, which can be carried out all year-round in a variety of weather conditions. The application of UltraPly TPO was part of an ‘enviro-ready’ roof design, enabling the addition of sustainable features such as green roofing and photovoltaics at a later date.

Firestone UltraPly TPO combines aesthetics and outstanding seam strength with strong resistance to ultraviolet radiation and weathering. It contains no plasticizers and no halogen flame retardants resulting in outstanding resistance to UV radiation and ozone. The membrane also exhibits strong resistance to algae and fungi growth and common rooftop chemicals.

For more information on Firestone UltraPly TPO from Alumasc, download the brochure here.

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PR_1Alumasc ZinCo has provided a series of stunning bio-diverse Green Roofs for central London’s new mixed-use development Regent’s Place. Believed to be the first of their kind in the UK, the roofs are designed to create a high value bio-diverse environment through the provision of a broad range of wildlife habitats.

Regent’s Place is a multi-storey development comprising office space and residential dwellings. The roof was designed by Arup who worked closely with British Land, and project architects Terry Farrell and Partners, to implement a corporate Bio-Diversity Action Plan. The brief was to design bio-diverse roofs covering two terraces and a third roof area. With all the spaces occupying prominent locations, the appearance of the roof planting at different times of the year was an important consideration.

Tilbury Contracts of Rainham installed a total of 2600m2 of Alumasc’s ZinCo green roofing over three buildings. Combining all the available types of green roof build-up, the roofs provide instant aesthetic appeal, while enhancing the local ecological resource. The waterproofing membrane and inverted roof insulation was first covered with a reservoir board followed by a ‘puzzle’ pattern of polyester powder coated compartments. Each compartment was then filled with a particular growing medium i.e. pebbles, limestone chippings, pellite, crushed brick and pine bark strippings, semi-intensive soils, sand and hardwood split logs.  The substrates were installed at different depths and planted with a wide range of plants, including mosses and sedums, wildflowers and grasses, small shrubs and aquatic species within the pre-formed ponded areas.

The project provides the essential habitats needed for rare and scarce plant species, as well as invertebrates such as bees, spiders and beetles and a foraging habitat for one of London’s bio-diversity action targets, the Black Redstart. ZinCo green roofs also offer other notable benefits, assisting with rainwater management, helping to reduce air and noise pollution and cutting carbon emissions.

Sarah Cary, Sustainable Developments Executive at British Land, comments, “British Land is committed to encouraging biodiversity and we have developed green roofs at many of our properties. By working in partnership with Alumasc, we have used the latest innovation and technology to develop habitats which encourage wildlife and support native plant species in urban areas.”

A further 11,800m2 of Alumasc’s Hydrotech MM6125 waterproofing was installed to the ground floor and 15 separate areas, including plant rooms and terraces. Hydrotech is the first choice for zero falls waterproofing on inverted green roofs and hard landscaped podium structures in new build applications.  BBA accredited, it is designed to last for lifetime of the structure and available with a 20 year warranty. Hydrotech is manufactured and supplied under ISO9001:2000 & 14001:2004 Quality and Environmental Management Standards.

For more information on ZinCo green roofs from Alumasc, click here.

For more information on Hydrotech MM6125 Structural Waterproofing, click here.

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westfield_prA ZinCo green roof from Alumasc has been chosen for Westfield London – Europe’s largest urban shopping centre.

The excellent track record of the ZinCo systems and Derbigum Rapido waterproofing from Alumasc, made them the natural choice for this prestigious project, meeting the need for a lightweight and commercially competitive waterproofing solution.

Spanning over 149,000m2, Westfield London is a £1.7 billion development featuring an impressive mix of retail, leisure and restaurant space in West London. Westfield worked with international architects Benoy and The Buchan Group, to design and deliver the innovative curved undulating glass roof above the shopping centre, which earned the project a position as finalist in the LABC National Building Excellence Awards.  The award organisers described the roof as “part of a sustainable design that has paved the way for 21st century retail design in the UK.”

Landscape Contract Designs (LCD) of North Yorkshire installed 15,600m2 of extensive and bio-diverse green roof onto the structural metal deck roof. The system features sedum plug plants which will flourish over time, offering notable ecological benefits, providing a natural habitat for plants and wildlife, whilst also helping to reduce air and noise pollution, cutting carbon emissions and assisting with rainwater retention and attenuation.

ZinCo green roofs vary from the extensive and biodiverse types used at Westfield – which require minimal irrigation and maintenance – to intensive roofs, which are suited for areas of public and recreational use and require more tending.

Derbigum Rapido waterproofing, also from Alumasc, was installed by leading building envelope contractor Prater Ltd of Surrey, for the warm roof build up.  This high performance single layer membrane gives exceptional long-term performance and durability, warranted for 25 years. Derbigum is BBA Approved and manufactured under the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Standards. Furthermore, Derbigum is fire rated F.AA to BS476 Pt3 (EN1187 Pt4), the highest available rating, which allows unrestricted use under Building Regulations.

Throughout the project, Alumasc worked closely with the contractors to ensure that products were supplied to suit available crane time-slots, contributing to the successful completion of the project within deadline and budget.

For more information on ZinCo Green Roof systems, click here

For more information on Derbigum Single Layer Waterproofing, click here

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anderston5_pr_lowHydrotech MM6125 structural waterproofing from Alumasc has been chosen for Glasgow’s latest landmark building in a major regeneration project.

Designed by Aedas Architects of Glasgow, Anderston Phase 5 is a £56million mixed-use development from Taylor Wimpey. The impressive structure comprises 7 floors of office space spanning 98,000sq feet and a 20-storey residential apartment block, built on the former Anderston Bus Station site. Forming part of the fifth and largest construction phase of the Anderston regeneration project, the unique ‘L’ shaped building dominates the new Glasgow skyline and is one of the most prominent sights for users of the Kingston Bridge on Glasgow’s M8 – the busiest motorway bridge in Europe.

Alumasc approved installer BriggsAmasco were active in the specification of Hydrotech MM6125, which they recommended to the architects as a durable, more cost effective alternative to mastic asphalt, and which also offered the benefit of not requiring a screed.

Anderston Phase 5 is constructed over several different roof levels, parts of which are used to accommodate heavy roof-mounted M&E plant. BriggsAmasco installed a total of 2,500m² of Hydrotech MM6125 over the ballasted protected roof areas, resulting in a prime example of the design potential and aesthetics that a finished Hydrotech/Protected roof can achieve.

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pr_picAn extensive ZinCo green roof from Alumasc is a key design feature on a new award-winning mental health facility near St Albans.

The Oak and Beech units at Harperbury were built within a green belt environment, to a design by Dransfield Owens De Silva Architects. The project has since gone on to win a prestigious Building Better Healthcare Award for Best Mental Health Design.

Planted courtyards and green roof areas were incorporated into the design after service-users and staff identified the therapeutic qualities of green outside space. The sloping green roofs were installed by Approved Alumasc Installer Letchworth Roofing, over a layout of complex levels around the courtyards, ensuring the green sedum aspects were visible from ground level.

With their relatively shallow substrate, ZinCo extensive green roofs are ideal for lightweight decks, inaccessible roofs and flat or sloping roof areas. Their versatile and economic design provides a ‘back to nature’ solution offering strong ecological benefits, perfectly suited to the site’s green-belt location. The roofs at Harperbury support self-sustaining sedum plants that require minimal irrigation and are highly wind, frost and drought resistant.

The roofs were installed over Derbigum single layer waterproofing, also supplied by Alumasc. Derbigum is a tried and tested roofing solution suitable for warm roofs with metal, concrete or plywood decks and inverted roofs with concrete deck.

For further details on Alumasc’s ZinCo green roofs, click here to visit the website

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Alumasc's Swistherm External Wall Insulation in use at Bletchley Leisure Centre - Winner of the BREEAM Bespoke Award.

Alumasc's Swistherm External Wall Insulation in use at Bletchley Leisure Centre - Winner of the BREEAM Bespoke Award.

Sustainable building products from Alumasc have excelled at the prestigious 2010 BREEAM Awards which recognise the UK’s top examples of ecological design.

Alumasc products were specified on no less than 10 of the 16 short-listed projects – with four of the overall winners featuring Alumasc high performance Roofing and Facades systems.

The hotly contested awards, which were presented at this year’s Ecobuild, recognise and reward the highest scoring buildings certified under BREEAM each year. Following independent assessment and certification, the successful projects all achieved ‘Excellent’ BREEAM ratings, earning the most performance credits available in areas such as energy, materials, waste and ecology.

Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall insulation featured heavily in the winning list, having been specified on the new Bletchley Leisure Centre in Milton Keynes, recipient of the BREEAM Bespoke Award; White River Place in St Austell, winner of the BREEAM Retail Award; and Salisbury Law Court, winner in the BREEAM Courts Category.

Swistherm is a BBA approved, thin coat insulated render system, which can be finished in a choice of silicone or mineral-based topcoats. Offering outstanding thermal efficiency, Swistherm is weatherproof, eliminates interstitial condensation and reduces energy consumption. Insulation slabs are available in a variety of materials including polystyrene, mineral wool or highly sustainable natural cork for environmentally sensitive applications.

Winner of the BREEAM Industrial Award – Defra’s Veterinary Laboratory Agency Store in Weybridge – featured Alumasc’s Derbigum single layer waterproofing system. BBA Approved and warranted for 25 years, Derbigum was chosen for its exceptional long-term performance and durability. It is manufactured under the ISO 14001:2204 and EMAS Environmental Management Standards and is fire rated F.AA to BS476 Pt3 (EN1187 Pf4), the highest available rating, which allows for unrestricted use under Building Regulations.

Chris Lister, Development Manager at Alumasc, commented: “We are delighted that Alumasc products have made significant contributions to so many of these short listed and award-winning BREEAM projects. As a company, we can offer a wide variety of A+ rated solutions, allowing designers and specifiers to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’ building designs”.

For more information on how Alumasc can help you achieve BREEAM ratings, please click here or call 01744 648400.

May24

Alumasc sponsor GRO at Greenbuild Expo 2010

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GRO LogoAlumasc are proud sponsors of the Green Roof Organisation (GRO) stand at this year’s Greenbuild Expo from 26-27 May 2010 at Manchester Central.

GRO was formed as an independent body to represent the industry trade associations and the key players in the green roof market, developing guidance for specification, design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of green roofs.

Its 3 principal objectives are:

  1. To promote the green roof concept
  2. To provide suitable guidelines to manufacturers and installers
  3. To recognise and promote correctly trained roofing companies

Strand PRpicGreenbuild Expo is an exhibition and conference promoting sustainability in the construction industry and Alumasc will be present on the GRO stand for the duration of the show to provide help and advice on all aspects of green roof specification, installation and maintenance.

Visit us on stand number C8 at Greenbuild Expo

For more information on ZinCo green roofs from Alumasc, please click here.

For more information on the Green Roof Organisation, visit www.livingroofs.org

Following their recent success in The BREEAM Awards, Alumasc was celebrating yet again at the NFRC Awards in London on Friday 14th May.

This time, Alumasc’s ZinCo green roofs were the centre of attention, clinching the NFRC Green Roof Award for the exemplary installation at Rockliffe Park Hotel near Darlington in the North East.

rockliffe_nfrcRoofclad Systems of Durham installed 1600m² of Alumasc’s ZinCo green roof system on the new golf clubhouse at Rockliffe – located in the preserved countryside of the listed hotel building.  The project presented a challenging design brief to architects Browne Smith Baker of Newcastle, who worked closely with Alumasc’s Technical Team to create the ideal solution for the project. The location for the new clubhouse building was carefully identified to ensure it sat low down in the landscape, with the green roof blending seamlessly into the countryside, making the clubhouse almost invisible from the hotel.

A variety of wild grasses were chosen to harmonise with surrounding plant species and to complement the natural timber profile of the clubhouse facade. Requiring only a shallow growing medium, the green roof offered a much lighter option than turf, which in turn enabled the specification of more cost effective materials for use in the underlying roof structure, which, as a result, would not be required to support as much weight.

The green roof was applied over Alumasc’s Derbigum high performance waterproofing membrane, for exceptional long-term performance and durability.

regents_place2Finishing close behind Rockliffe was Alumasc’s installation at Regent’s Place in London. The bio-diverse green roof was installed by Tilbury Contracts of Rainham over Alumasc’s Hydrotech MM6125 waterproofing system. The impressive terraced roof, which comprises a number of compartments to form a stunning puzzle pattern, will provide essential habitats to support the survival of some of our rare and scarce plant species, together with a natural habitat for bees, spiders, beetles and birds.

Alumasc’s Managing Director Robert Littlewood comments: “Rockliffe Park is a shining example of how green roofs can be sensitively applied in areas of natural beauty. This award is testament to Alumasc’s Approved Contractor Roofclad and our own Technical Support Team who pulled out the stops to ensure the successful delivery of such a stunning roof.”

For more information on ZinCo Green Roofs from Alumasc, please click here.

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For Architects, Developers and Designers considering BREEAM ratings and green credits, the specification of a green roof can contribute to a successful assessment. Simon Poe of Alumasc explains:

The inclusion of a ZinCo green roof system on the roof and terraces at Regents Place in London contributed to its BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

The inclusion of a ZinCo green roof system on the roof and terraces at Regents Place in London contributed to its BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

A range of benefits can be attained across BREEAM assessment – from water detention to energy consumption reductions and responsible materials sourcing to life cycle costing – however, the availability of credits in the ‘Land use and ecology’ section, is of most relevance to green roofs.

The exact number of credits available will vary depending on location (e.g. the re-use of land at brownfield or previously-contaminated sites) and application (e.g. schools earn credits by using green roofs in education and forming wildlife partnerships), however the majority of credits required to attain an ‘Excellent’ or ‘Outstanding’ rating can be achieved irrespective of site placement.

There are two principal stages:

1. The replacement of habitat that would otherwise be lost through the construction process – mitigating the impact of the development and protecting ecological features of the site.

2. Creation of new habitats that will enhance the ecological value of the site to provide long-term biodiversity benefit.

Green roof solutions can be devised to score credits in both categories, with the planting strategy critical to habitat creation appropriate to the wildlife habitation objectives. Schemes can be devised to include appropriate mixes of plant species to attract different wildlife.

For more information on Alumasc’s ZinCo green roofs, click here

For more information on how Alumasc can advise on BREEAM assessments, click here

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A ZinCo green roof from Alumasc assisted with the BREEAM rating of Hetton Lyons School in Sunderland.

Minister of State for Schools and Learners, Vernon Coaker MP, has been talking at the recent BSEC conference about his impression of the nations schools.

He described the governments BSF programme as a “real record of  achievement” and spoke of the significant change brought about in our primary and secondary schools, touching specifically on the award winning architectural designs that make our modern school buildings “inspirational and exciting” places to be.

Mr Coaker continued “The important thing now is to bring every school building up to the standard that we want. To make them modern, light and airy and environmentally friendly.”

Alumasc’s Aqualine gutter system and Flushjoint downpipes were used on Windygoul Primary School near Edinburgh. The project earned East Lothian Council a Carbon Trust Award for Low Carbon Building.

Alumasc’s Aqualine gutter system and Flushjoint downpipes were used on Windygoul Primary School near Edinburgh. The project earned East Lothian Council a Carbon Trust Award for Low Carbon Building.

Alumasc has long been involved in school building initiatives and we are working closely alongside a number of architectural and contract partners on some of the country’s most innovative school buildings. Alumasc’s green roofs, waterproofing systems, thermally efficient external wall insulation and recyclable rainwater systems have all been specified on educational projects to help minimise their impact on the environment.

Let’s hope that by building greener schools, the young generations learning inside them can be confident of a more positive outlook for the earth’s resources.

Mar5

Alumasc Projects Excel at 2010 BREEAM Awards

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16 of the country’s ‘most sustainable’ buildings were recognised at the 2010 BREEAM Awards at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition in London.  ‘These buildings have comprehensively demonstrated their remarkable environmental credentials’ comments BRE Global Chief Executive Carol Atkinson.

The award-winning schemes achieved Excellent BREEAM ratings earning the most performance credits available in the areas of energy, materials, waste, water, ecology, pollution, transport, management and health and well-being.  Each development has been independently assessed and certified.

Alumasc are proud to announce that 4 of the award winning schemes had Alumasc high performance Roofing and/or Facades systems installed on them.  These were:

Bespoke Project – Bletchley Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes – using Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI).

Law Courts Project – Salisbury Law Courts – using Swistherm EWI  and Armaseam standing seam metal roofing.

Industrial Project – VLA Stores, Surrey – using Derbigum Flat Roofing System.

Retail Project – White River Place, St Austell – using Swistherm & Swisrail EWI.

For more details on how Alumasc’s sustainable building products can assist with your BREEAM ratings, please call 01744 648400.

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Alumasc's ZinCo Green Roof system and Hydrotech MM6125 Waterproofing in use on the internal courtyard at Ormeau Bakery

Following the unfortunate demise of Interbuild last year, the government’s first Chief Construction Advisor, Paul Morrell, has been speaking at a launch meeting for the new show BEST (Built Environment Solutions and Technologies) which premiers at Birmingham NEC in October.

In his speech, Mr Morrell was keen to tackle the subject of retrofit, reminding us that existing structures consume around 40% of the nation’s energy.

Retrofit requires close co-operation between suppliers and specifiers, and at Alumasc we are more than familiar with the processes involved. We work alongside architects and designers on hundreds of projects every year, to encourage the specification of sustainable products and systems to create healthy, efficient buildings that benefit not only the wider environment, but those living and working inside them.

The recent refurbishment of the beautiful Ormeau Bakery in Belfast into high quality apartments, is the perfect example of how new technologies are being used to improve existing structures. Alumasc’s ZinCo green roof and Hydrotech waterproofing systems created a peaceful haven on the podium roof of the late 19th century building, which will offer recreation access to residents and a rich habitat for local wildlife.

For details on ZinCo green roof systems click here

For details of Hydrotech  click here

For Alumasc’s full range of waterproofing solutions, please visit www.alumascroofing.co.uk

PR_pic_smlAlumasc is proud to have been involved with the stunning new development from Gentoo Construction at The River Quarter in Sunderland.

Alumasc’s ZinCo green roof has created a roof top retreat for residents of the luxury apartment complex which sits on a former brownfield site and includes a bowling emporium and café bar.

Working closely alongside Napper Architects, our technical support team also designed a complete waterproofing solution for the project which presented a number of challenging design features. Hydrotech MM6125, Alumasc’s BBA Approved structural waterproofing system, was used under the green roof whilst Derbigum Rapido and Derbifoam thermal insulation board were used to create a warm roof build up. Derbigum is BBA Approved and manufactured under an ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System.

You can find out more about these widely specified living roof systems at Alumasc’s stand at Ecobuild – Stand 1547, Earls Court 1.

For further information visit www.alumascgreenroof.co.uk

pr_firestone_approvedAlumasc has further strengthened its portfolio of world class roofing products by becoming a Commercial and Industrial Authorised Distributor for Firestone RubberGard® EPDM and UltraPly™ TPO single ply roofing systems in England, Wales and Scotland.

Firestone Building Products entered the commercial roofing industry in 1980 building on its success and experience in rubber polymer technology. Three decades later, over one billion square metres of Firestone’s sustainable roofing membranes have been installed on rooftops worldwide.

Alumasc’s Managing Director Robert Littlewood comments: “We are thrilled to be adding such impressive roofing solutions to our existing portfolio. Alumasc has a reputation for supplying comprehensive and relevant solutions which are designed to meet the demands of contemporary design, whilst also addressing the environmental concerns surrounding our industry. Firestone’s performance record as a leading manufacturer of sustainable rubber membranes worldwide, can serve only to reinforce Alumasc’s position in the UK market.”

For more information on the new Firestone products available from Alumasc, click here.

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JR Roofing were kindly invited by Moto In The Community Trust to take part in their annual Charity Clay Pigeon Shooting at E.J Churchill in High Wycombe.

Greg Bourne from Alumasc Roofing Systems joined JR Roofing having worked closely with them recently on a Moto project to refurbish a footbridge over the M6. It was a really enjoyable day which comprised of 11 stands, with different types of clay pigeon shoots on each stand.

 

There was also a chance to use pistols with blanks, a rifle they called the blunder bus and also some axe throwing. There were food stands throughout the day in different areas of the range and drinks and doughnuts.

After the shoot they held a meal and auctions to raise money for Help for Heroes as this is Moto’s main charity partner.

For further product information about Alumasc’s Waterproofing Systems and Accessories click here or call our technical team on 03335 771 500 for further information.

LHC Flat Roofing Government FrameworkLHC is the leading independent provider of technical product advice and procurement solutions. Their free to use procurement frameworks help local authorities, social landlords and other public sector bodies make more informed choices about the products and services they need for the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing.

Flat Roofing framework

LHC Framework Flat Roofing Technical AdviceThe LHC framework for flat roofing is available to all local authorities, housing associations and other public sector bodies in England, Scotland and Wales. This framework offers access to national manufacturers/system suppliers and their local and national approved installation contractors.

Fully OJEU compliant, this framework is suitable for residential applications and other types of public sector buildings. This free to use framework offers design, supply and installation of flat roofing and associated works including:

  • Design, survey, technical support and advice
  • Supply and installation of various flat roof covering systems and associated components
  • General scaffolding design and erection as per the building type
  • LHC Government Flat Roof Installation Framework Optional works include roofing systems and associated flat roof works

This framework has been established in strict compliance with UK Public Sector procurement rules for use by public sector bodies in the UK as detailed in the LHC buyer profile (www.lhc.gov.uk/buyerprofile) and as specified in the Contract Notice:

  • 2016/S 190-340026 – England
  • 2016/S 190-340034 – Scotland
  • 2016/S 190-340025 – Wales

The framework in action

As well as providing compliance, quality and best value to Alumasc clients, this Framework for Flat Roofing (FR2) supports a streamlined process from the award of a contract (call-off)
to completion of a project.

Competitive market prices

Prices in place at call-off stage maintain best value as established in the evaluation stage

Quick and efficient procurement

Speedy access to Alumasc Roofing Systems and the options of a mini-competition or direct award

Instant access to project data

Continuous access to information throughout the procurement process through the suppliers’ on-line portal

Delivery periods guarantee

Guaranteed delivery periods that ensure services and works are delivered to meet work schedules

Advice on design and regulatory compliance

Guidance on interpretation and conformity to all statutory regulations and planning requirements

Service levels guarantee

Guaranteed service levels from inquiry to supply, providing peace of mind that services and works will be conducted effectively

High quality standards

Standards of quality maintained throughout projects through monitoring in accordance with the ISO 9001 Quality Management System

Quick project starts

Enabled by pre-tendered procurement that reduces the cost and time input by publicly funded organisations

Award weighting criteria

LHC Government Framework Flat Roofing Systems

 

If you have a potential project that may benefit from this framework or require any further information please call 03335 771 500 or email: contact@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

Hydrotech LogoWhen it comes to large-scale new build projects it is essential that the choice of structural waterproofing is of the highest standard and installed with the greatest of expertise and on-site support to ensure the longevity and risk-free future of the building.

There are various ways in which the waterproofing can be installed in order to provide long-term peace of mind. Hydrotech is the premier hot melt system for high performance green roofs, podiums and highly detailed waterproofing schemes and has been used world-wide for over 50 years, with an astonishing record of zero product failures.

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Alumasc provide full bespoke design collateral and documentation based around your project and provide a full understanding and solution to any potential areas that need specific attention such as deck deflection and drainage issues, after all, every project is different. Working with our comprehensive technical team during this process ensures that all areas are covered – this is The Alumasc Promise.

What is the Alumasc Promise Service Offer?

Only fully carded, Hydrotech Registered Contractors install our hot melt systems and receive full training under controlled Alumasc training facilities.

Alumasc’s team of site technicians will support you through your project by regularly visiting and inspecting site to ensure all work(s) are carried out to the highest standards. On completion of installation and testing we issue a detailed handover package as proof we have delivered on our Promise. This package includes the project specification, test data, site reports and maintenance schedules. This also includes a full Alumasc backed warranty covering aspects such as product, workmanship and design – giving you full peace of mind, we also return to site every 5 years to inspect and report on the completed area.

What if a failure occurs with no warranty or insurance backed guarantee?

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In many cases designers and contractors can be under increasing budget pressure therefore structures may end up with basic commodity systems that are not installed to adequate standards or backed up with the various ongoing support and warranties.

This is a high-risk approach as the integrity of the structure can be put under increasing pressure if the structure is not soundly waterproofed, resulting in highly costly repairs and processes in the long term.

Mark Golder – Alumasc Roofing Systems Commercial Director: “Taking care to assess and select a complete package tailored to your project allows you to be safe in the knowledge that your investment will be paid many times over”

If the structural waterproofing is not installed to a high quality some of the potential risks that can occur include interior superficial damage and staining/mould, possibly affecting services such as lighting.

Dependent on the level of water entry, repair costs could be high if there is consequential damage. The cost of exposing the membrane would be significant as inverted systems are always buried under a hard or soft landscaped area.

DRONE FOOTAGE: Hydrotech Structural Waterproofing Installation at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM)

As well as the added cost of recover and repair, the damage can also make the space below temporarily unusable or damp, for example, an office building, hospital or inhabited area – this would prove to be even more costly to the installer.

Again, the quality of workmanship will prevent these issues, however the use of Alumasc’s registered operatives will also provide warranties of up to 35 years for added peace of mind. This will also include repair cover if for any reason a system was to fail. It is due to the high levels of training all Hydrotech operatives receive which has helped Hydrotech achieve the incredible zero failures in 50 years record – along with the quality of the product itself.

Quote from St James Homes London: “St James have been incorporating Alumasc’s Hydrotech system since 2009 and from this time St James are not aware of a single roofing issue relating to system failure in material or contractor labour. The level of service that Alumasc Roofing Systems provides in design, system installation and after service has proved to offer significant savings to our business in reduction of dilapidation costs. Thus, Alumasc demonstrate that whilst the Hydrotech system is not the cheapest, it does provide significant long term value”

The Promise from Alumasc

Promise is a service offer that guarantees the integrity of your roof prior to, during and after installation and is designed to safeguard you against the most common pitfalls. It gives you the security of expert installers, continual on-site supervision, professional testing and comprehensive, post installation support.

As mentioned above, our clients find that our Alumasc Promise package provides peace of mind for the future along with an unrivalled track record of zero product failures in over 50 years – so why consider anything else?

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Over the years Hydrotech has been utilised on various large scale projects ranging from Canary Wharf back in 1998 and the Cheese Grater in 2014 through to the more recent/current major residential and business district developments within Nine Elms on the South Bank of the Thames, London.

“Our Promise provides Clients, Developers and Contractors with complete confidence and long-term peace of mind in the Roofing system specified on their project”

 

For further product information about Alumasc’s Hydrotech Structural Waterproofing click here or call our technical team on 03335 771 500.

A new Alumasc VAEPLAN single ply roofing membrane provides an effective, long-lasting roofing solution at Oyster Wharf, Mumbles, a stunning restaurant, retail and spa/gym development designed to transform and revitalise this prominent waterfront site at one of Wales’ most famous seaside destinations.

VAEPLAN Single Ply Roofing Membrane, Mumbles Swansea Bay

 

A full Alumasc warm roof system, with VAEPLAN’S proven durability qualities, makes it resistant to the Swansea Bay sea air – a key factor in the system’s selection.

VAEPLAN Single Ply Roofing Membrane Drone FootageOnce the area/deck space had been cleaned and primed, using Alumasc Primer, Alumasc’s South Wales-based registered contractor, Span Roofing Contractors Ltd, installed the vapour barriers and PIR Insulation. They then rolled the VAEPLAN single ply roofing membrane over the insulation boards, flush with any upstands.

The membrane was mechanically fixed within the heat welded overlaps to provide added strength to the weld and increase resistance against the higher wind loads this coastal building will experience.

Area Technical Manager Richard Powell says:

“A combination of the high levels of workmanship and product quality have provided Oyster Wharf with a reliable, durable and long lasting roofing solution”

For further product information about Alumasc’s VAEPLAN Single Ply Roofing Membrane click here or call our technical team on 03335 771 500.

Cambridge Assessment, the university’s international exams group, will be moving to a new home in 2018.

The Triangle, the new international headquarters will bring together all Cambridge Assessment’s Cambridge-based staff, currently based in 11 different offices across the city, bringing them all under one roof. The site is on what was previously Cambridge University Press’s Edinburgh Building on Shaftesbury Road Cambridge, to the South-East of Cambridge City Centre.

Designed by HLM/Sidell Gibson Architects, all flat roof areas are utilising Alumasc Roofing Systems’ Hydrotech Hot Melt and Alumasc XPS insulation offering a total system solution. All upper main roof areas drain onto 3 x single storey podiums that have the Alumasc BluRoof Drainage System.

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Alumasc’s BluRoof system reduces and controls the peak rate of stormwater discharge from roof areas. Detention of storm water up to a prescribed maximum hydraulic head occurs, with subsequent discharge controlled over an elongated time period. The BluRoof drainage strategies were introduced at design stage to help meet SuDS requirements and Alumasc worked extensively with Capita to achieve the required reduction in rainwater run-off.

The installation is being carried out by Alumasc registered approved contractor Cambridge Flat Roofing acting as sub-contractor to Bouygues UK, the project is on schedule to be completed later in 2017.

The installation is being carried out by Alumasc Roofing Systems Registered Contractor Cambridge Flat Roofing acting as sub-contractor to Bouygues UK, the project is on schedule to be completed later in 2017.

Wayne Farrington from Cambridge Flat Roofing says:

“This has been an excellent contract to be involved in, one of our first major BluRoof projects. The level of service and input from Alumasc’s Technical department, both internally and on site along with Alumasc’s Customer Services team has been outstanding. Combined with the Hydrotech BluRoof Structural Waterproofing system, a system we have significant trust and experience in installing, we feel we’ve delivered a project we can be proud of. The feedback we’ve received from our client has been extremely positive and we look forward to our next Alumasc BluRoof.”

For further product information about Alumasc’s BluRoof Drainage System click here or call our technical team on 03335 771 500.

North West Cambridge New Build Alumasc Roofing Systems

The first phase of the development sees the delivery of housing and community facilities. Prioritising housing seeks to meet the current housing supply shortage in Cambridge.

Alumasc Roofing Systems were specified throughout various roof areas by a joint venture with Mole and Wilkinson Eyre Architects on Lot 1 and 3 as well as Stanton Williams on Lot 2. A variety of Alumasc’s waterproofing systems have been installed including the Alumasc single source Derbigum Warm Roof System and Hydrotech Inverted BluRoof Drainage System as well as Hydrotech Hot Melt Waterproofing finished with Blackdown Green Roof systems. Alumasc’s BluRoof system reduces and controls the peak rate of stormwater discharge from roof areas.

North West Cambridge New Build Alumasc Roofing Systems

Detention of storm water up to a prescribed maximum hydraulic head occurs, with subsequent discharge controlled over an elongated time period. Alumasc Registered Contractor Voland Roofing installed over 15,000m2 covering numerous roof areas on Lot 2 for Wates Construction.

Mr Ren Pesci Director of Voland Roofing quoted:

“Alumasc Roofing Systems provide a first class waterproofing and green roof system, add to that their single source BluRoof solution which has ensured a large scale project has been delivered seamlessly”

Further roofing works on Lots 1 and 3 with Sage Roofing and BAM as well as Lot 2 with Voland Roofing and Wates will be complete by Summer 2017.

For further product information about Alumasc’s BluRoof Drainage System click here or call our technical team on 03335 771 500.

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Alumasc Roofing Systems sponsored Steven McLelland on his latest London marathon run. Since his first run in 1996 he has raised over £59,000 for a wide variety of charities with this year’s race being his 22nd challenge.

For this year’s charity, Steven had chosen KIDS CANCER CHARITY based in Swansea who are entirely dependent on voluntary donations. This charity works alongside medical professionals to improve the quality of life for children affected by any cancer throughout the UK. The Kids Cancer Charity helps children and teenagers affected by cancer live life to the full with compassion, understanding and care.

This year Steven completed the gruelling marathon with a time of 03:52:29 which, as you will agree, is a remarkable achievement. Steven is already thinking about his 23rd race and I am sure you, as well as Alumasc, wish him all the very best for that and we look forward to providing the sponsorship and support to these much-needed causes in the future.

Steven has raised a further £2,000 from this latest marathon taking his total to over £61,000!

Without people like Steven these charities and organistaions simply could not continue to provide the incredible services to people who need them most and we wish him all the very best for next year.

If you would like to make a donation to KIDS CANCER CHARITY then please CLICK HERE

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Making Roofs 'Cool'… Alumasc Derbibrite

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Alumasc Derbibrite membrane recently provided the perfect solution on a residential property in North London.

The client requested an ecological solution to improve the thermal performance whilst increase solar reflectivity to help regulate the internal temperature of the building.

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With a solar reflectivity of greater than 80% (and an SRI ‘Solar Reflectance Index’ value of 100), Derbibrite is recognised by various environmental agencies/organisations worldwide (including Energy Star) as a viable solution.

The product also reduces carbon emissions through passive energy saving and is 100% recyclable, therefore making a great product for both refurbishment and new build projects.

Alumasc offers a comprehensive range of warranty options. Installed exclusively by Derbigum Registered Contractors and underpinned by Alumasc’s extensive project support service.

Alumasc warranties cover both product and installation. Independent insurance backed latent product defect warranties are also available through FCA licensed brokers.

If you would like any further information on this product or have a project with similar requirements visit call 03335 771 500.

The prestigious new Banbridge Community Treatment & Care Centre (CT&CC) in County Down, Northern Ireland, has an effective long-term water-proofing solution, after 2,500m2 of Alumasc’s Hydrotech waterproofing systems, covered by Alumasc’s Intensive Blackdown green roof and Derbigum, was installed on the roofs, balconies and terraces.

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Run by the Southern Health & Social Care Trust, Banbridge CT&CC in County Down, Northern Ireland, is part of the new £16million Banbridge Health & Care Centre, and combines a range of health services: from adult day care and community outpatient departments, to therapy services for children, young people and mental health patients.

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Registered local Alumasc installer Jameson Roofing Services was appointed to install 1,000m2 of Alumasc Derbigum, with an extended warranty of 40 years, and 1,500m2 of Alumasc Hydrotech waterproofing, which has an extended warranty of 50 years.

After the concrete deck had been primed with bitumen, a layer of Euroroof vapour barrier was applied then covered with 120mm Alumasc BGT Rigid Polyisocyanurate Insulation and adhered with Euroroof PU Insulation adhesive to achieve a target u-value of an average 0.20W/m2K, before Mastergold underlay and finally the Derbigum Cap Sheet.

Jameson Roofing also installed the Hydrotech Hot Melt waterproofing system, which comprised a Hydrotech MM6125 membrane incorporating a Hydrogard 40 protection sheet, onto which an intensive Alumasc Blackdown Intensive Green Roof was installed.

Click here to find out more about our waterproofing products and systems.

Alumasc’s Derbigum waterproofing membrane is the only high-performance bituminous roofing membrane with a 40-year durability statement that also includes zero falls from the BBA (British Board of Agrément).

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Whilst other competitors’ may have durability statements that are typically for 20 or 25 years, Alumasc’s Derbigum stands out for its proven reliability with a 40-year BBA durability statement, which gives specifiers and end-users added confidence as to the product’s in-service longevity. This BBA now also includes for use as fully-bonded or partially bonded waterproofing on flat, pitched or zero-pitched roofs with limited access, and is the only bituminous membrane on the market with proven 40 year durability and approval for zero falls installations.

With a proven track record of success, Alumasc’s Derbigum systems have held a BBA certificate since 1980 and offer a variety of environmentally-beneficial, sustainable characteristics: including membranes with high levels of recycled content; innovative CO2 neutralising membranes; energy efficient ‘cool’ roofs; and vegetal, non-bituminous solutions.

Click here to download your copy of the BBA certificate or call +44 (0) 3335 771 500.

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