Icopal and Sustainability Commitment To The Environment

Icopal and Sustainability


A commitment to the environment

As a company, Icopal is proud of its strong environmental credentials, actively promoting the recycling of its products whenever possible, in order to minimise the use of raw materials and energy in the development and production of roofing and waterproofing solutions.

This means that many of our products meet – and often exceed – environmental standards, and are recognized by many of the industry bodies promoting excellence in this field. As sustainable building practices become increasingly mainstream, we are therefore ideally positioned to offer architects and developers the products they need both to satisfy evolving environmental standards, and meet the increasingly informed expectations of building users.

Bitumen recycling

Unique in the world, Icopal have a recycling plant which can transform old /waste bitumen membranes into the raw materials to create new high performance waterproofing membranes. This process allows virtually endless recycling of bitumen roofing, protecting scarce resources while delivering a high quality bituminous roofing product with all the benefits of the original material.

By reusing the waste, considerable reductions are gained in the energy demand and CO2 emissions resulting from the extraction, processing and transportation of raw materials, and as old roofs are no longer destined for landfill, it
further improves the sustainability of the entire production chain. For example, one tonne of collected and approved bituminous roofing waste produces net savings on raw materials of 750 kg and CO2 savings of 615 kg CO2/tonne.

Grooves technology

Icopal’s high performance elastomeric torch-on capsheets feature a unique patented grooved profile that uses 25% less gas and allows up to 30% faster application than traditional torch-on membranes.

Used in conjunction with specially formulated low-melt resin blends only a minimal heat application is required to activate the unique adhesive properties of the membrane, as the heat is channelled quickly along the grooves and disperses rapidly along the roll. This form of application ensures maximum adhesion with the minimum use of energy, providing an instant 100% secure bond. It goes without saying that this also reduces CO2 emissions, is better for the environment and produces cost savings for the roofing company.

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