Smart Waterproofing

New waterproofing systems developed for modern construction need to be more user friendly, smarter, permanent, life time sustainable, complete systems with the minimum impact on the environment during manufacturing, installation, life span and disposal.

There is a need to produce waterproofing systems that not only take into account service conditions but also ease of application, maintenance and the final disposal once the structure is demolished.

New technologies should be developed that take into consideration these factors, for example, can be applied on damp or dry surfaces, no possibility of seam failures or water undercutting, no bubbling, crack bridging and sealing, no volatiles or solvents, non bituminous a reduction in plastic usage and waste.

Using proven smart technologies and new raw materials Cormix has developed a range of smart waterproofing systems for underground structures such as hard rock tunneling composite waterproofing and spray applied primary and secondary waterproofing for station boxes, deep basements, tunnels and other below grade utilities.

Smart waterproofing needs to meet the targets of better performance, easy application, sustainability and reasonable or lower cost than traditional methods.

Over the last few years we have seen in certain countries such as the UK and UAE a movement toward the specification of systems that incorporate, for example, sheet membranes and integral waterproofers due to failures of existing methods, a doubling up of products due to their individual stand alone failings, a very expensive and dated solution to solving the disadvantages of membranes and other spray on materials such as PUs .

In response and due to improved raw materials Cormix has combined knowhow to produce the concept of one product primary and secondary waterproofing for underground construction rather than two. This means  the product Contite CFM that primarily forms a fully bonded crack bridging flexible membrane and secondarily provides an integral waterproofing, crack sealing, permanent sub surface membrane.

Old dated technologies are specified over and over again for example bituminous membranes and polyurethanes yet we all know very well their failings evidenced by constant leakage and expensive repair. Manufacturers do not see change as in their interests having already heavy investments in sheet membrane factories and similar technologies despite being able to offer better solutions.

It is the responsibility of specifiers and manufacturers to improve the industry and give contractors, facility and utility owners far better solutions to those now on offer, we have no problem embracing the latest iPhone  or laptop technology yet have become stuck in antiquated waterproofing systems even though they have been already superceeded by better solutions.