Going green from the ground up

BIG 5: New products from Aquaflex designed to catapult firm to the forefront of the green building movement.

construction_week/2007_11_27/Aquaflex_thumb.jpg - Antone Calis: green technology can now be weaved into the very fibre of the building during construc
construction_week/2007_11_27/Aquaflex_thumb.jpg - Antone Calis: green technology can now be weaved into the very fibre of the building during construc
Antone Calis: green technology can now be weaved into the very fibre of the building during construction.
Antone Calis: green technology can now be weaved into the very fibre of the building during construction.

Holland's Aquaflex Waterproofing Technology is hoping to bring to the Middle East its ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber membranes in an effort to contribute to the region's green building boom.

EPDM waterproofing technology is well-known for its ability to expand and contract in even the harshest climates, making it ideal for use in this region.

EPDM membranes also exhibit high tensile strength and resistance to punctures, pollution, UV radiation, weathering and microbial attack.

"It's not that you need waterproofing technology. It's that you need technology," said the company's general manager, Antone Calis. "Technology has been advancing to the point that we can actually incorporate it into building processes that can help protect our assets, investments and buildings."

EPDM has been specially manufactured to eliminate the use of seam tape, which under harsh conditions can lead to a breakdown of the membrane seal and unwanted moisture. "By using the new waterproofing technology in concrete or on roofs and in foundations, we can make our buildings smarter, which ultimately improves our lives," added Calis.

Aquaflex's EPDM has been used around the world in projects ranging from foundations, water tanks, reservoirs, lagoons, basements, roof gardens and ballasted roofs as well as in projects closer to home.

"We're involved in the Jebal Ali Airport, the Mövenpick Hotel on Palm Jumeirah, the Ibn Batuta extension and tunnelling projects throughout the city," said Calis.

Aquaflex's new 'Aquatox' is being marketed as a perfect installation for pond and lagoon liners, which, with Dubai's penchant for enclosed water projects, seems to be an ideal product. "Aquatox is environmentally friendly. There are no toxins and it is safe to be incorporated with wildlife," said Callis.

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