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Waterproofing of roofs and gutters mades all on zinc with TECNOCOAT P-2049

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TECNOCOAT polyurea coatings are high quality waterproof membranes designed for high temperature and pressure application using liquid components. Their excellent properties make them one of the most popular solutions on the market for meeting the technical demands of professional construction projects.

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The DESMOPOL product range is supplied in liquid form and produces elastic and waterproof continuous membranes, with excellent properties making them ideal for application on all types of surface and both large or small scale new-build or renovation projects.

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TECNOFLOOR industrial and continuous flooring systems are designed to meet the most exacting demands of intense and constant use. We have specially designed this range of floorings for applications requiring durability, resistance and an attractive finish.

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TECNOFOAM is a range of polyurethane foams specially designed for projection and injection in residential, commercial and industrial premises. The varied range of densities on offer allows you to choose the product best suited to the particular needs of your project.






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Desmopol obtains ETE certification as suitable system for bridge deck application

The DESMOPOL membrane has been certified under the European Assessment Document DEE 030675-00-0107  as a liquid waterproofing system suitable for the application of bridge decks under asphalt. ETE 21/0734   Desmopol polyurethane membrane offers many advantages in bridge deck application over other waterproofing systems: Fully adhered system Complete and absolute protection of the constructive element. Even in zero slope application, it works under ponding water. Faster setting: labor time reduction, cost optimization. No extra weight on existing structure ( only ±2.5-3 kg/sqm). High temperature resistance to asphalt pouring     This new certificate of suitability is added to the existing ones, making DESMOPOL membrane the perfect waterproofing solution for for almost any type of project.       ...and also, the following certificates are available:   A HIGHLY CERTIFIED PRODUCT IS A GUARANTEE OF QUALITY AND RELIABILITY IN ITS APPLICATION. Our efforts to develop products of the highest quality allow us to pass the most demanding tests, offering our customers the peace of mind of using the safest and most effective products in their projects.


La Cerdaña caravan and car wash

  This is an existing service station looking to enlarge their premises, occupying a large part of a commercial estate, where a concrete structure has been erected on the street to house a car and caravan wash area (this will include washing and waste removal activity). In the lower concrete part (underground storey), where the vehicles will circulate, there is car park and a storage area, requiring waterproofing of around 2500 sqm of concrete slabs. The work took place during the rainy and summer periods. This construction is located in the Pyrenees region with cold temperatures in winter. Surface preparation: Priming with PRIMER PU-1050  Waterproofing with TECNOCOAT P-2049  Additional two coats of PRIMER P-1000 with dusted adhesive. Finished with asphalt. The prescribed was as follows: Concrete slab + PRIMER PU-1050 + TECNOCOAT P-2049 + Adherence coat or bonding bridge + Hot asphalt for vehicle transit.


Tecnopol collaborates in the waterproofing works of Glòries Tunnel

 Work executed by the company Neoproof Soluciones Integrales using a combination of liquid waterproofing systems with Tecnopol Sistemas, S.L. projected polyureas.   According to the description provided by Neoproof Soluciones Integrales, this was a highly complex project that lasted approximately 2 years. The Glories de Barcelona tunnels consisted of the construction and commissioning of urban tunnels -two independent tubes with unidirectional circulation- with a total length of 957 meters, which will collect the traffic of the Gran Via, with an average traffic volume of 90,000 cars per day. The tunnels follow the Gran Vía route and will pass under the four existing tunnels: L1 Metro, R1 Maçanet-Massanes line, R3/R4 (Manresa and Puigcerda lines) and the France-Sants station line.   The first tunnel section (508 meters long) is located between the streets of Castillejos and Badajoz. It is the deepest section, and passes under the railway tunnels reaching 25 meters below the level of the square. The second tunnel section (449 meters long) will run from Badajoz street to Rambla del Poblenou, and will be a completely straight section with the same section in both directions, running at an average depth of about 10 meters below the level of Gran Vía. In our case, we have innovated in the waterproofing of tunnels by introducing hot pure polyurea membrane waterproofing for vaults, gables, polyurea has also been applied as reinforcement in the final finishes of the PVC sheet. We have waterproofed under slabs with PVC sheeting in all sections both in open pit excavation and in mine, gables of tunnels in mine with PVC and polyurea membrane, vaults of tunnels in mine with polyurea membrane, apart from other minor works such as resin and gel injections, sealing with mortars, etc.


Tecnopol collaborates in the rehabilitation of the bullring Real de San Carlos, Uruguay

Located in the area of Real de San Carlos, 5 km from the historic district of Colonia del Sacramento, capital of the department of Colonia, Uruguay. It is the only square that remains in Uruguay and was erected in a Mudejar style, very similar to the bullrings of Spain, retaining arches and some details of circumference. It is a work carried out by the Croatian architect Josip Marković and the engineer Dupuy. It was inaugurated on January 9, 1910 with eight official bullfights, although there were more than eighty, as the space continued to be used for shows even under the prohibition of bullfights by President José Batlle y Ordóñez in 1912.  The project had a two-year boom. The plaza had restaurants, bars, a stage, and a theater. Although the Uruguayan public was not sympathetic to bullfights, the attendance was important in each event since a good number of Argentine fans came on a regular basis. With the prohibition of bullfights, the bullring and the San Carlos Royal Complex began to be used for artistic shows, and the hotel and a casino continued to operate. In 1943, the Complex passed into the hands of the Municipality of Colonia due to lawsuits against the Sociedad Real de San Carlos. Thus begins the neglect that culminates in the abandonment of the Complex and the bullring. After several months of negotiation, on October 9, 2019, the Municipality of Colonia and the MTOP (Ministry of Transport and Public Works) signed a contract with the Uruguayan company Conami, which was awarded the rehabilitation project. It is estimated that the works will last 24 months, with a total cost of approximately US$7 million, making this the largest public investment in the history of the department of Colonia. The work will be supervised by the OPP (Office of Planning and Budget), the Municipality of Colonia and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). After the remodeling, the bullring will have seating capacity for 4,200 people. Working in the recovery and rehabilitation of works with a patrimonial importance as the bullring Real de San Carlos is always a challenge and a joy for the technical team of TECNOPOL, since the final result will surely show how to properly apply the waterproofing solutions of our company in a reference work.  


Double success for Berta Garcia in the Italian national championship

Last weekend Berta Garcia took another important step in her career by winning two gold medals in the categories of 3x3 BLIND and MULTIBLIND in the "Italian National Championship". According to Berta herself, "I am satisfied with my performance at the Italian National Championship held in Rome, in the important championships (national, continental or world) the priority for me is to get the victory, leaving the mark in the background". With a total of 52 participants of 7 different nationalities, it is a meritorious success to have once again been successful in both categories. The next stop will be the championships in Stockholm on November 27 and 28. The culture of effort is one of the implicit values in any sport or discipline; Berta Garcia is an elite athlete who surpasses herself every day, but also has a number of qualities out of the ordinary; without having yet turned 20 years old, she already holds 5 European records with the Rubik's Cube and 30 national records. In addition, he has managed to beat the Spanish record twice in memorizing the digits of the number Pi. Tecnopol supports, collaborates and encourages Berta García to reach her future challenges (among which the world title in her specialty stands out). Fitting the pieces together, whether it is a Rubik's Cube or a factory capable of serving tons of different waterproofing products, in the entire palette of existing colors, requires effort, sacrifice, rigor and the ability to adapt to the environment. Values and qualities that Tecnopol shares with Berta García.


The vital importance of Next Generation Funds and the New European Bauhaus

The pandemic and climate change have triggered an unprecedented reaction from the European Union, which will have a high positive impact on the construction sector and society as a whole. According to recent statements by the President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, "I want NextGenerationEU to drive a wave of European renewal and make our Union a leader in the circular economy. But this is not just an environmental or economic project, it must be a new cultural project for Europe." But let's start at the beginning, what is NextGenerationEU? NextGenerationEU is a temporary recovery instrument endowed with more than €800 billion that will help repair the immediate economic and social damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Post-COVID-19 Europe aims to be greener, more digital, more resilient and better adapted to current and future challenges. The EU's long-term budget, together with NextGenerationEU, designed to boost recovery, will be the largest stimulus package ever funded in Europe. A total of "2.018 trillion" euros will help rebuild a post-COVID-19 Europe. It is an overall budget prepared not only to deal with the realities of today, but also the uncertainties of the future. According to von der Leyen, these changes would put the EU on the path to carbon neutrality by 2050 and the fulfillment of its obligations regarding the Paris agreement. In addition, complementary investments worth billions of euros in green technology and infrastructure are also planned.   How are the NextGenerationEU funds distributed? The Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, is the central element of NextGenerationEU, with €723.8 billion in loans and grants available to support reforms and investments undertaken by EU countries. The aim is to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and make European economies and societies more sustainable and resilient; and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions. Member States are working on their recovery and resilience plans to access funds under the Facility. In addition the Recovery for Europe's Cohesion and Territories (REACT-EU): NextGenerationEU support also includes EUR 50.6 billion for a new initiative that extends the crisis response and repair measures implemented through the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative and the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus. All contributing to a green, digital and resilient recovery of the economy.   And what is the New European Bauhaus? Sustainable architecture is one of the sources of regeneration that can contribute powerfully to the take-off at the national level and also at the European level, thanks to the implementation of new technologies, the development of less polluting materials and a new way of building with more efficient processes. Initiatives such as Next Generation EU are an example of how culture, sustainability and economy can and should go hand in hand to generate common spaces for growth in all these areas   Referring once again to the words of Ursula von der Leyen, "we know that the building sector can be transformed from a carbon source to a carbon sink, if organic building materials such as wood and smart technologies such as AI are applied. In this context we have to understand the new European Bauhaus, as a plan that includes different strands; a cultural and pedagogical strand to reduce the carbon footprint of the European Union in the coming years; a coronavirus recovery strand endowed with 750 billion euros from the European Union (of which 30% will be raised through green bonds), and finally a strategic strand to create a European Green Pact and a tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030. "That's why we will create a new European Bauhaus, a co-creation space where architects, artists, students, engineers and designers work together to make it happen."   How does it affect specifiers and Tecnopol? One only has to take a short look at the long list of objectives, projects and infrastructures in which the different EU governments are filtering and managing the imminent start of the distribution of funds, following the pattern of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism and adapting them to local needs, to understand that such a large economic volume will affect positively in multiple aspects. From the economic increase of the productive figures of different construction and technological subsectors, to the achievement of multiple objectives ranging from the fight to reverse climate change, technological evolution, modernization of the sector, the implementation of circular economy strategies, decarbonization, the enhancement of sustainable architecture, sustainable construction solutions and eco-efficient materials; and ultimately the search for a new generation of professionals committed to the essential objective of working in a sustainable way and with a global, innovative and integrative vision, to overcome future challenges. Innovative companies such as Tecnopol are a valuable ally to project and collaborate in all kinds of new objectives that the future holds for us. The opportunity that is offered to all the agents of the sector must be interpreted with a broad view that goes beyond the mere business opportunity, and connects with the ability to give more sense than ever to our professional work and to be part of the present, of the solutions of the future.  


The newspapers Expansión and La Vanguardia talk about Tecnopol's economic news.

The newspapers Expansión and La Vanguardia talk about Mapei's economic news. Articles on Mapei's 30th Anniversary and the company's current economic situation were published in the newspapers Expansión and La Vanguardia, with extensive references to the company's positive evolution.   Expansión: "Mapei rounds 100 million turnover and is looking for acquisitions". The Italian multinational is consolidating its position in Spain following the purchase of the Catalan Tecnopol Sistemas, S.L., which has become one of the group's centers of excellence worldwide. Link to PDF   La Vanguardia: "Rehabilitators of Gaudí". "Mapei Spain celebrates 30 years as a world reference in chemical products for construction". According to Francesc Busquets, "after some more acquisitions in Spain and abroad, Mapei Spain will reach a turnover of 100 million in three to five years".


Tecnopol in the face of decarbonization in the construction sector

CO2 emissions from building operations reached their highest level ever in 2019, moving the sector away from fulfilling its huge potential to curb climate change and contribute significantly to the Paris Agreement goals, according to the recent report released in February 2021 by the UN Environment-led Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction  (GlobalABC). However, pandemic recovery plans provide an opportunity to boost comprehensive building retrofits and energy efficiency standards for new construction, and rapidly reduce emissions. The upcoming update of climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), also provides an opportunity to enhance existing measures and include new commitments in the building and construction sector. All players in the sector need to do their bit to decarbonize the sector by changing processes and adapting to new regulations. New environmental concerns are a good incentive to continue researching and re-evaluating how we manufacture, build and can improve in every way. Tecnopol has already been working for some time on different aspects. The company manages waste internally by separating recyclable materials, the need for water during manufacturing processes is minimal, and the water that is needed is reused through a closed circuit. But where our commitment to making construction globally more sustainable is really noticeable is in the characteristics achieved in two of our main products, Tecnofoam and Tecnocoat: Tecnofoam (thermal insulation): Use of polyurethane foams for thermal insulation without greenhouse gases, using water as an expansive agent, with no negative effects on the environment. This makes them completely stable and inert once applied, with no particle emissions during their useful life. In addition, at the time of removal, it is recyclable material without the need for special actions.   Tecnocoat: Pure polyurea membrane free of solvents, zero VOC. (With zero emissions of hazardous substances into the atmosphere). Green Label certified system in Singapore and in process in other locations.   In addition, waterproofing the roofs of buildings with Tecnopol's construction solutions is one of the best possible measures to make them more eco-efficient. Only through decisive steps by the sector will we be able to reverse climate change and achieve the objectives to which the UN, the European economic community and many national and international bodies have committed themselves. Own sources and Construible "A United Nations report points out the urgency of decarbonizing the construction sector".

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Interview with Moez Dahmani, Sales Director for Western Europe and North Africa.

"There is a clear opportunity in liquid waterproofing systems."   As a specialist in raising awareness of Tecnopol's products, Moez Dahmani, speaks regularly with all types of specifiers looking for solutions for their projects. In a few years polyurea has revolutionized the way of waterproofing roofs and exteriors, do designers know the virtues of polyurea? In recent years, designers have increasingly valued the use of polyurea, due to its fast reaction and drying time. It adapts to any shape, no matter how irregular it may be, offering good chemical and mechanical resistance superior to other waterproofing products. One of the most outstanding advantages of waterproofing with polyurea is that it offers excellent resistance to abrasion, wear, compression and tear; in addition to other qualities such as thermal resistance, electrical insulation, density and watertightness, it also offers good flexibility at low temperatures, resistance to acid or alkaline media and good adaptation to most substrates.   Is there a common nexus in the way you project in the different countries and markets you work for that makes a difference in the type of products or solutions you offer them? The dynamics of the waterproofing systems market is conditioned by different aspects of which I would highlight four: The growing demand for cost-effective and efficient waterproofing systems. Waterproofing systems are an important part of construction projects, providing various benefits including protection against UV radiation, chemical resistance, heat resistance, waterproofing during the rainy season, durability and strength; which helps to increase the service life of structures. In addition, these systems must be easy to install and labor-saving, which helps reduce repair and maintenance costs in the short and long term. Waterproofing systems based on Polyurea and Pu Elastomers are lightweight and easy to transport and install, and offer a 25-year CE category W3 service life. In addition, their environmental impact is lower in relation to systems based on PVC, EPDM, MB and TPO. Compared to other waterproofing alternatives, the installation of Polyurea and PU systems do not require less labor and are faster to install, reaching 1000m2 per day. This makes them an excellent option for residential and commercial sectors. Limitations: potential environmental and health issues Compared to Polyurea and PU elastomers, the use of PVC, EPDM, MB and TPO waterproofing membranes poses more environmental risks during processing, manufacturing, transportation and even during installation, and also presents several health risks; for example, when applying bitumen-based membranes, workers may be exposed to volatile fumes. Prolonged exposure to these fumes can cause health problems. Although there is a changing trend towards POLIUREA and Pu membranes, bituminous membranes still represent a significant share of the market among other waterproofing membranes. This means that a large portion of workers, especially in emerging economies, are vulnerable to their exposure. The processing and manufacturing of these waterproofing systems requires more energy resources and damages the environment by releasing toxic fumes and VOCs into the atmosphere. However, the proper use of respirators, protective clothing and environmentally friendly alternatives mitigate these factors. Challenge: Volatility of raw material prices The raw materials used to manufacture waterproofing systems are mainly extracted from crude oil. Crude oil is one of the important energy sources that contributed to 27.3% of global primary energy consumption in 2015, according to BP's Statistical Energy Review. The average spot price of crude oil reached USD 52 per barrel at the end of December 2016 from a low of USD 29.8 per barrel at the end of January 2016. The crude oil price is on a recovery path and stabilized in the range of USD 55-60 per barrel in 2017. However, due to the current pandemic situation, countries banned both domestic and international travel. Which has led to a large drop in demand for transportation fuel, further affecting crude oil prices. However, oil prices are expected to increase due to renewed demand from China. Due to fluctuating crude oil prices, raw material prices for waterproofing systems are also affected. Building structures are the largest consumer of waterproofing systems. Building structures are areas that exclude roofs and walls such as balconies, basements, foundations, retaining walls, storage rooms, subway constructions and others. Structures are often exposed to stresses such as exposure to water, exposure to groundwater chemicals, uneven static forces, temperature variations, biological influences and others. Waterproofing these structures provides effective, long-term protection against these exposures and ensures effective protection of building structures.   What challenges do you face in today's waterproofing market, both in Western Europe and North Africa? In general there is a growing demand for waterproofing systems which is due to the search for cost effective and efficient materials in new building construction or else in the refurbishment and maintenance market in the EU, it is the same trend in emerging countries although the growth is not in line with the market inertia, this decrease is basically due to the Impact of COVID-19 on the waterproofing systems market, waterproofing systems are mainly used in the construction industry. The pandemic has affected this industry. Blockade in various countries and logistic constraints, rising cost of international transportation, supply chain disruptions, limited availability and rising cost of various raw materials, low liquidity of companies...all these factors have adversely affected the industry. Companies are forced to re-evaluate their strategies to serve this industry during this period of crisis.   Are there any type of works in which you work on a very regular basis, such as building rehabilitation, public or sports facilities, parking lots, etc.? In general and as a result of the multitude of uses and the polyvalence of the polyurea and PU membrane, as waterproofing or floor covering Tecnopol is active in multiple types of building applications. To cite some of the fields in which we are most required: Roofs and decks in residential or industrial buildings. Water treatment or wastewater treatment plants. Balconies, basements, foundation foundations, retaining walls. Bridges. Railway and subway systems. Marine loading docks and harbors. Concrete canals and dams. Industrial floors. Parking structures and parking lots.   As a result of the pandemic, telecommuting and digital work has become widespread, what are the disadvantages and advantages for you? Telecommuting is a way of working that allows a person to develop his or her professional activity outside the premises of the company with which he or she is contracted. This trend is expected to reverse after the COVID-19 crisis, where many companies have been forced to implement it. But teleworking also entails making fewer trips and travels to visit worksites, projects and being able to give direct on-site technical assistance; in addition to some minimal occupational risks, amplified by distance and isolation, it is important to maintain social ties, manage time and workload.   How do you see the economic evolution of both markets and Tecnopol's presence in them in the short term? After the conclusion of this crisis, the market is expected to revive and increase the demand for waterproofing systems, moreover, "I see a clear opportunity in the creation of environmentally friendly waterproofing systems for green buildings". Waterproofing systems are increasingly subject to VOC content requirements and an involvement in environmental conservation; many manufacturers have invested in R&D and are providing more and more solutions, with a minimal environmental and human footprint. Manufacturers are increasingly accrediting their products with green certifications for use in sustainable construction projects.


Tecnopol supports the European Rubik's Cube champion

The culture of effort is one of the implicit values in any sport or discipline; Berta García is an elite athlete who surpasses herself day by day, but who also possesses a series of extraordinary qualities; at only 18 years of age she already holds 5 European records with the Rubik's Cube and 30 national records. In addition, she has managed to beat the Spanish record twice in memorizing the digits of the number Pi. In order for Berta García to reach her future challenges (among which stands out the world title in her specialty) Tecnopol has decided to support and collaborate with the athlete from now on. With this collaboration Tecnopol also aims to make itself more widely known to the public, and to disseminate the characteristics of the products and solutions of the reference company in the manufacture of liquid membranes for waterproofing in Europe. Making the pieces fit together, whether it is a Rubik's Cube or a factory capable of serving tons of different waterproofing products, in the whole palette of existing colors, requires effort, sacrifice, rigor and ability to adapt to the environment. Values and qualities that Tecnopol shares with Berta García. About Berta García. She is currently studying a degree in Mathematics at the University of Barcelona, and her professional goal is to become a Commercial Aviation Pilot. Since she discovered the Rubik's Cube at the age of 7 and the competition at the age of 13, her life began to change. He has participated in 59 official competitions, winning a total of 93 golds, 23 silvers and 4 bronzes. Among his achievements, the following stand out: Gold in Absolute European Championships (Blindfold category). Silver in Absolute European Championship (Multiblindfold category). 8 times gold in Absolute National Championships (Blindfold, Multiblindfold, 4x4Blindfold categories). 5 times Absolute European Record (Blindfold category). 30 times Absolute National Record (Blindfold, Multiblindfold, 4x4Blindfold categories). Second best position in the Absolute World Ranking (Blindfold category) and 2 times Absolute National Record in Pi Number Memorization.   About Tecnopol: It is a chemical company founded in 1996 and focused on the development, formulation and manufacture of high technology and quality construction products. It is currently a European leader in the manufacture of liquid membranes for waterproofing and has multiple certifications such as ETE, BBA, DTA and ASTM. With headquarters in Les Franqueses del Vallès (Barcelona) and presence through commercial allies in the 5 continents, Tecnopol distributes its products in more than 60 countries. Its business model based on innovation, development and service, allows it to be a leading international supplier, in a market where the demand for liquid waterproofing is growing steadily and steadily. The company belongs since 2018 to the Italian multinational Mapei, which has another subsidiary in Spain, Mapei Spain.


Technical Service and Tecnopol Academy

There is a new world of waterproofing to know, to share and to apply.   In an increasingly global, connected and digital world, it is essential to reach and share technical knowledge about everything that makes us improve projects from the planning phase to the execution phase, seeking excellence, not to deviate from our goal and budget; and last but not least, to make each work more sustainable than the previous one. Tecnopol offers architects, engineers and all types of specifiers the technical service of the company, to collaborate and make known the many possibilities offered by the products and construction solutions of the brand. From this collaboration have arisen many case studies of reference works that by their complexity or specificity have made us grow as professionals and have served to improve existing products. As we announced a few months ago, Tecnopol wants to take a step forward by actively applying itself to the training of professionals and specifiers, sharing with them the characteristics of the products, systems and machines with which we will carry out the different applications. Tecnopol Academy is a reality and from the new corporate building of the company will be held face-to-face and distance courses for all those interested in advancing and deepening in the professional and cutting-edge world of waterproofing of any type of roof, building, infrastructure or existing space, whether internal or external, on the surface or underwater. There is a new world of waterproofing to be discovered, shared and applied, but to get there you need to go hand in hand with the professionals who have been developing products and solutions for more than fifteen years, continuously researching and innovating to make materials such as polyurea or polyurethane, essential elements in any type of project. If you want to be informed about the next activities and training of Tecnopol Academy, please send us an email through our contact form and we will contact you as soon as possible.          


Tecnopol collaborates in the construction of the Intempo building

The work on the emblematic building will be completed in July Being a company specialized in the waterproofing of all types of surfaces means that we usually have to work on all types of roofs, but in the case of the emblematic Intempo building, carrying out the work at a height of 198 metres on a 47-floor building adds a special value to the work carried out. The Intempo building is a special building for several reasons: it is the highest vertical residential resort in the European Union, it has 13,000 m2 of common areas, including the gym and wellness area on the 46th and 47th floors. The building consists of two parallel towers spaced 20 metres (66 feet) apart and connected by a cone-shaped structure between the 38th and 44th floors. It is one of the few skyscrapers in the world to have the shape of an arch. Tecnopol has carried out the waterproofing of the terraces located at the top of the building (880 m2) and the waterproofing of the concrete roof (8,000 m2) using the EPw-1070 + P-2049 system. The Intempo Sky Resort skyscraper, which leads the new skyline of Benidorm and is already part of the city's heritage, will finish its works in July thanks to the developer Uniq Residential and the construction company Dragados. Following the start of construction in November 2019, Uniq Residential has led the process of modernising, adapting and marketing the emblematic building, which has become the tallest residential skyscraper in the European Union, under the guidance of the architect Pérez-Guerras. The building's iconic diamond, between the 38th and 45th floors, makes it a unique space, its particular geometry at the top of the building means that the flats increase in surface area as the height increases.  


Circular economy as a basis for sustainable production and consumption

  The circular economy is a production and consumption model initiative based on reducing-reusing-recycling existing materials and products to create added value. This stems from a sustainable commitment, based on recycling, supported by the EU with the expectation that in the future 100% of packaging used will be recyclable. The European Commission presented in March 2020, within the framework of the European Green Pact and as part of the proposed new industrial strategy, a new Circular Economy Action Plan that includes proposals on more sustainable product design, waste reduction and citizen empowerment. Another important fact is that as of next July 3, the European Union directive approved in 2019 to reduce plastic waste will come into force. This regulation is closely linked to the circular economy, since the objective is to be able to use each resource as many times as possible. Taking into account this characteristic, in Tecnopol we are very aware of sustainability, that is why we produce materials such as TECNOFOAM (thermal insulation), free of gases that cause greenhouse effect and, using instead, water as an expansive agent, which has no negative effect on the environment. This, together with the fact that they are completely stable and inert products once applied, in other words, they do not emit any type of particle during their entire useful life. In addition, at the time of removal, it is a recyclable material without the need for special actions, or like TECNOCOAT, pure polyurea membrane free of solvents, zero VOC. (With zero emissions of hazardous substances into the atmosphere), which is why it has obtained the Green Label certificate in Singapore and is currently in the process of obtaining it in other countries.    


Case study: Solanas Crystal View

There are projects in which the correct technical solution plays a role in defining the success of the project. At Tecnopol we are used to challenge and it is our many years of experience that gives us the confidence to be able to carry out projects with precise characteristics and demands through our experienced clients. The case in question is a high-rise residential construction in a summer resort area. It was necessary to waterproof large areas with the use of landscaped areas at the top, therefore, a material was required that was resistant to root penetration and that offered maximum waterproofing security with the maximum useful life time. This product would help us to avoid possible leaks in the future that, should they occur, would require high repair costs. Our experienced representative/distributor in Uruguay decided that the application of the TECNOCOAT P-2049 polyurea system would be most suitable since it has been a success in all the previous projects carried out over our last ten years of cooperation. We are very satisfied with the work done, in addition to its excellent design it is a totally sustainable project being part of one of the most important forest reserves in the Department of Maldonado. The needs of this work are: Complete watertightness of concrete slabs.  Minimal overall execution time.  Possibility of easily performable, low risk re-waterproofing work that could be carried out a posteriori.  Continuous waterproofing without seams or overlaps. Certified resistance to root penetration. In the waterproofing project, the aim was to make the upper concrete slab of the caisson completely watertight. The project specifies that the upper section has: paved areas for communal use, landscaped green areas and internally, numerous passages or complex channelling with passage of communications facilities. LANDSCAPED ROOF PRIMER PU-1050 + TECNOCOAT P-2049 2.400 sqm  1. Surface preparation 2. Priming 3. TECNOCOAT P-2049 Membrane 4. Finishing chosen landscaping system   DOWNLOAD CASE STUDY PDF    TECHNICAL DATA SHEET LOCATION: Punta del este (Uruguay) PROJECT: Solanas Crystal View CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: CEAOSA TYPE OF WORK: Waterproofing of rood landscaping    


Case study

It is often rightly said that all projects are different, but in the case of the Cochoa Terraces located in Viña del Mar in Chile, many factors come together to ensure that we the project is unique and the case study is clear. First of all, the impressive views from the terraces are the result of being situated on a very steep slope, which means that all flats have a large terrace and sea views. In addition, the building is crowned by a large communal swimming pool. Everything in the complex is large in proportion, the apartments, the communal services and finally the parking spaces. Because Chile is located in an area of high seismic activity, buildings are constructed taking into account the structural needs required by earthquakes, especially in a work located on a hillside or ravine theoretically more prone to landslides or earthquakes. Therefore, for the complexity and requirements of the project, different construction solutions and top quality materials were applied. Specifically for the waterproofing of the terraces, 13,000sqm of DESMOPOL, Tecnopol’s single-component polyurethane membrane, were used.   PRIVATE TERRACES​ PRIMER EPw-1070 · DESMOPOL · Ceramic finished 13.000 sqm ROOFS AND PARKING ROOFS PRIMER PU-1050 · TECNOCOAT P-2049 · TECNOTOP 2C 5.000 sqm POOL PRIMER PU-1050 · TECNOCOAT P-2049 · TECNOTOP 2CP 250 sqm   TECHNICAL DATA SHEET LOCATION Municipality of Reñaca (Chile) REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER Numancia CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Icafal Ingenieria y construccion S.A. TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION Terraced residential building of 25 floorss


Interview with Juan Pablo Sica de Grupo Silat

 Grupo Silat is an engineering company specialised in the management and execution of thermal insulation, waterproofing and surface treatment projects that collaborates regularly with Tecnopol in Argentina. Of the jobs you have collaborated on together, which would you highlight? Each job has its own specific features, but if I have to mention one that set the tone for the relationship with Tecnopol and its head for Argentina, it was the Official Car Park of the Presidency of the Nation and the Bus Transfer Centre “Parque del Bajo” which is part of the “Paseo del Bajo” complex an iconic project and without doubt the most significant infrastructure work of the last 30 years in the City of Buenos Aires. The building is an underground car park that at street level is transformed into a park, the structure at level zero is a large 15,000 m2 slab with a small slope, on which a variety of different situations are created such as the transit of public vehicles, pedestrian traffic and green areas. The prominence of this work is due to two aspects. The first was the synergy between Tecnopol and Grupo Silat to achieve a change of specification, since the specifications did not stipulate polyurea as waterproofing and after months of joint work by the technical and commercial areas of Tecnopol and Grupo Silat, we managed to convince the construction company that the best technical solution for this project was polyurea. Then, with the construction company convinced, we had to convince the studio that was in charge of the project, and finally we had to get the approval of the authorities of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires for the specification change to take place. At that time in Argentina polyurea was not well known and there were some bad experiences involving badly applied polyurea due to using machines that were not suitable or because it was being applied in minimal thicknesses. Therefore, in order to get all of the permits, we carried out an enormous amount of work and yet we still had not started the work itself. And that is the other remarkable aspect; the work presented two great challenges, the first one was the limited work times, so we decided to get all the material on site from the beginning of the agreed time, which gave us the freedom to move forward as well as the certainty of being able to finish the waterproofing on time. The second was a technical issue to do with the structure itself, the movements that occurred in the joints between the different sections of the slab were very noticeable, much more than expected. Thus, we had to find a solution for these joints and there, once again, we had the support of the technical department of Tecnopol, and we designed a final solution that to date has not presented any problems. The system worked so well (as it still does) that today when a customer has doubts about polyurea we take him to visit that work, obviously the polyurea can not be seen because it was buried under the concrete and soil, but the most important thing is that no leaks of any kind are observed. From a technical perspective, is there any work that is especially interesting because of its complexity, volume or any anecdote that you would like to share with Tecno Magazine readers? We recently finished the thermal insulation and waterproofing of the new Northlands School Auditorium in Olivos, in the Province of Buenos Aires. The Auditorium is a 1600 m2 building that consists of a series of walkable ramps with steep slopes as part of the structure of the auditorium and also act as a “green promenade”, topped by a large roof garden. The complexity of this work lay in the fact that the building occupies the entire plot and there were no suitable spaces for storing the building materials and carrying out the formwork. What was decided was to enable a space on which polyurea had previously been applied in order to resist the "mistreatment" to which it was subjected during the work. Another interesting aspect of this work was that the studio in charge of project management had a very active role when it came to information and training regarding the properties of polyurea, its characteristics and its correct application, this training was carried out by the technical department of Tecnopol in conjunction with its sales manager in Argentina. The knowledge gained by the project management enabled their presence to be felt at the time of application, such control (even of the temperature and pressure in the hoses!) helped us to continue improving the application process and achieve the highest standards expected by the customer. In short, it was a complex job, but in the end I think we grew in terms of capability, especially on a technical level thanks to the demands of project management and the support of Tecnopol. Polyurea has a prominent position among the waterproofing solutions on your company's website. Is it easy to explain its advantages and uses to specifiers? Definitely yes. Currently in Argentina, a generation of architects and engineers are reaching decision-making positions and are eager to learn about new technologies. I believe that this willingness to get to know new materials together with an interest in making construction processes more efficient and sustainable, together with the extraordinary characteristics of polyurea make its diffusion and acceptance ever easier. Have you noticed an uptick in building rehabilitation in Argentina as a result of the pandemic and the fact that people are spending more time in their homes? A considerable increase in the rehabilitation of buildings in Argentina has not been experienced due to the pandemic, in fact, such uncertainty led to the stopping of many roof rehabilitation projects in industrial and commercial buildings. As for the rehabilitation of residential roofs, I would say that the knowledge on the part of potential customers is still marginal. Proper waterproofing and insulation are fundamental for the conservation and maintenance of building roofs. Do you think more work is necessary to better disseminate and educate owners regarding the maintenance possibilities available to them? Owners often only see the cost of the work and not the benefits generated in terms of comfort and economy over the medium and especially the long term. For example, today in Argentina energy to heat or cool homes is remarkably cheap, so amortising good polyurethane foam insulation in roofs and walls (or in the case of installing hermetically sealed double glazed windows (DVH) in openings) takes place over an excessively long time, which discourages owners from making larger initial investments. The same goes for the issue of maintenance, it is difficult for the average home owner with no construction knowledge to measure the costs (and headaches) of poor waterproofing. This is why I think it is essential to educate professionals (architects and engineers) and thus disseminate this information among them as they have a closer relationship with customers. In general customers trust professionals, so if the professionals are convinced of the suitability for use of polyurea or polyurethane foam, they are the best people to communicate this to customers. JUAN PABLO SICA Director of Grupo Silat, a construction engineering company. Engineering company specialized in the management and execution of thermal insulation, waterproofing and surface treatment projects.


Interview with Marcelo Ghio. Sales Manager Latin America & Caribbean Tecnopol Sistemas.

Marcelo has worked in the building materials industry for a long time and possesses extensive knowledge of the Latin American market. It is difficult to talk about such a large market without indulging in generalities, but are there common elements that differentiate the way we design and build in Europe or the United States? Latin America has its way of doing things, on the basis of its ethnic multiculturalism, in different areas within the same region. If we look at the way building is carried out in the United States (especially family homes) with lightweight structures, it is not the overriding pattern in Latin America, with the European style of traditional construction being the most common type in this region. Although it is also true that lightweight construction is not widespread, it has gained a sizeable market share in markets that can maintain higher labour costs. In the industrial sector, U.S. products are highly integrated in the GDP of Central America, the Caribbean and especially Colombia, where the traditional waterproofing and thermal insulation systems used in the U.S. have greater influence. Although attempts to gain ground are being made by European companies based in this area. If we go to the South (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia) European construction is predominant with a significant share of European companies in the area. While it is true that in markets such as Mexico, Peru, to a lesser extent Chile, Colombia, Central America, the Caribbean and also in part Brazil, some ASTM standards are followed that compete with European standards, I believe that in this segment Europe should strengthen its regulatory structure to gain more acceptance in the area. Big countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia have their own regulations, in some cases based on ASTM standards. Do you think that the construction sector is very familiar with the applications of products such as polyurea? No, it is an emerging niche market. It has great opportunities for growth because it is versatile, resistant to chemicals and reliably water repellent as shown by the hundreds of thousands of m2 applied over the last 20 years. For our part we have a great job to do to make specifiers, builders, applicators, etc., aware of the benefits of using Tecnocoat polyurea as an integral waterproofing system. In my opinion, polyurea is at the top of the waterproofing pyramid, being the first-rate solution above any other solution or system. Have the recent changes in residential dynamics and the normalisation of teleworking proven to be an opportunity for the rehabilitation of all types of buildings and boost the industry? The answer is yes. The pandemic and teleworking in the Latin American area was a great opportunity for our company, considering that many people with restricted availability pre-pandemic did not have much time available. The pandemic helped us to change our professional habits and also to change our list of priorities. Together with David our Technical Director, we used teleworking a lot to organise a huge amount of “technical and commercial talks” in different markets and with different actors. We used this format in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, etc. IT support tools such as Teams which we were offered through the company, was key to developing this strategy which has had excellent results. Buildings have to be more eco-efficient due to climate change, is this factor considered in new projects? Look, in Latin America there is wide range of views with respect to this issue. Personally, when we analyse a market, I have a premise which is the following: "When a country exceeds 6,000 euros per capita it starts to waterproof better, when it exceeds 9,000 euros it starts to insulate better thermally and when it exceeds 12,000 euros it starts to insulate better acoustically". In Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina there is a wide range of differences in income, consequently, as a variable which to a certain degree is constant, there are some sectors, both for residential housing and for the housing of industrial units, that are able to comply with eco-efficiency, but many do not. Regulations and certifications change from country to country. Is this an obstacle or a competitive advantage for Tecnopol products? Como te comenté, en una de las respuestas anteriores, creo que la Unión Europea debería trabajar más sobre la oportunidad que la normativa europea sirve de base para la normativa nacional en los distintos países de América Latina, en especial en los países de mayor PBI como México, Brasil, Argentina, Colombia y Chile. Nuestro sistema Tecnocoat, es el que mayor cantidad de documentos técnicos emitidos por organismos independientes tiene y esta situación influye positivamente en obras de relevancia por la seguridad que aporta a los prescriptores. Of the projects on which you have collaborated, which would you highlight because of its significance in terms of architecture, symbolism or complexity? As far as our Tecnocoat system is concerned, a project is not complex if the application parameters we suggest are met, due to the versatility thereof, the reliability and speed for the implementation of the work. If I may, regarding its symbolism, I would choose a square of approximately 11,000 m2 that we waterproofed with Tecnocoat behind the Casa Rosada (President's Office) in Argentina, which houses a parking lot with official cars and is part of the historical heritage in this country. Does digitisation make it easier to provide technical service in an efficient way on all types of construction sites? Totally and I think that through innovation from the marketing and technical area our company leads this segment (videos on application, Instagram, Linkedin, Facebook, etc., group and individual talks via Teams, etc.) collaborating a lot with our area. When the technical and marketing area participates in any of the projects we manage, the result always easily exceeds expectations.


Cristián Henríquez: distribuidor de Tecnopol en Chile

Cristián Henríquez OUR MAIN CHALLENGE IS TO DESIGN PROJECTS THAT ARE ADAPTABLE TO DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES APV has carried out a large number of projects in recent years which integrate Tecnopol's solutions, products and technology, how would you assess the evolution of the collaboration? It was a very good experience. From the first minute we established a relationship of mutual trust, which has grown stronger over the years. It's already been 6 years and we believe the years to come will be even better. Throughout the years you have participated in many projects, which ones would you highlight for their architectural importance, symbolic importance or complexity of the work done? Every project has its complications but I would highlight a residential building called "Terrazas de Cochoa", located in the Reñaca on the coast of central Chile. It was a complex challenge, not only due to its staggered structure, which posed waterproofing challenges at all levels, but also because of the many different areas of application for our materials. A separate note is the complexity of the structural construction of this building as it was located on sand dunes. Is there any project that, due to its characteristics, represented a technological challenge or required outstanding innovation? There are urban concepts that are constantly under construction in Chile and they all face a similar huge challenge, "Earthquakes". We constantly have telluric movements of different magnitudes, which means that each construction must be governed by strict regulations and the materials used must be able to resist them. This is where high quality products come into play, and we are able to design projects that can face difficult circumstances. Waterproofing, insulation, continuous flooring and spray equipment, a whole world of solutions for different types of construction deterioration. Do you think there is a good building maintenance culture in Chile? Yes, and it's getting better and better. The needs of the construction industry make it necessary to professionalise the project, mechanise applications and work with first class products. More and more we see proactive people looking for better solutions to their problems. Biotechnology. Chile is characterised by the diversity of its landscape and its well-known, high-quality architecture. Are sustainability and the right choice of materials increasingly being taken into account? It is difficult to speak in absolutes, generally speaking I would say yes, the right choice of materials and sustainability of products is increasingly taken into account, however, the spectrum of people is very wide. There are customers, whether applicators, architects, builders who are always looking to be at the forefront. They are extremely concerned about these issues, but much of what we find in the marketplace don’t factor those issues in, and part of our mission is to educate so that more and more appropriate and sustainable materials are used in construction. Direct collaboration in projects with APV's technical service is one of the keys to their success. Do the market influencers value this? Technical assistance is fundamental and undoubtedly one of the keys to success, without it, the market influencers really remain in the past or offer inadequate solutions for the work, it is the best way to keep the market updated with the latest product offer. So yes, it is highly valued.  How do you see the future of construction? It has been an extremely difficult year, with the pandemic virtually all projects underway were halted in their construction, and project starts that were in the pipeline have been re-evaluated. However, the related guilds are developing reactivation plans, which could give a boost when activities can be resumed in a more normal way. Pandemic aside, I believe that construction is a pillar in most countries, and is in constant need in places in which development and innovation is fundamental. It is important to remember this, to be present, to innovate and to stay aligned with market requirements. CRISTIÁN HENRÍQUEZ Sales Manager of APV, a company with more than 40 years of experience, leader in the supply of equipment for the application of varnishes, paints, textures, coatings, and Tecnopol distributor in Chile.


Javier Butula and the presence of Tecnopol in Uruguay

Polyurea is a one-way street. The architect, builder or client who has tried the product, does not go back Javier Butula You have a great knowledge of construction solutions and materials, having applied them in many projects and as a chemist, what do you think about the evolution of Tecnopol's construction materials? Tecnopol is a very innovative company, they are constantly launching new products, and clearly what they are looking for with them, is to meet the needs of applicators and end customers. It is evident in every new product, that the aim was to listen to the customer, meet their requirements and facilitate the application tasks. Which of the projects in which you have collaborated would you highlight for their architectural value or for the solutions applied? We have been supplying Tecnopol materials to the construction industry in Uruguay since 2014. We have been a part of many, many projects, but to mention a few: The Forum Building, British Hospital Parking Structure, Catholic University Parking Structure, More Echevarriarza Construction Project, Aguada Park, Crystal View Solanas, Araucaria, Nostrum 18, Nostrum Tower and Campiglia Pilay Towers. Do you have any anecdotes about any projects that you’ve been a part of, which may be of special interest to the readers of Tecno Magazine? Our main markets are insulation and waterproofing of slabs and parking structures. But we have been part of a few unconventional projects, which is the coating of fuel tanks for service stations. The work consists of coating them with polyurea but without the coating adhering to the tank. The idea is to form a chamber between the tank and the polyurea, thereby creating a vacuum meaning we are able to check that the pressure is maintained. This way, if there is any leakage in the tank, the pressure varies and the leakage is quickly detected. Good waterproofing and proper insulation are key to good maintenance, do you collaborate with other industry opinion leaders in this regard? Absolutely. Our involvement in the specification of products and work to be carried out is growing continuously. In doing so, the project can be optimized, making the best use of the products and plans, and saving on high construction costs. The evolution of national and international regulations, material and work system certifications and finally the application of sustainability from the project phase due to climate change force us to continuously improve, do you think that the sector is conscious of the continuous effort on the part of the industry? More and more so. Customers increasingly value sustainable products and prioritise their use on construction sites. Today, many customers are opting for sustainable products (such as our water-based polyurethane foams or HFOs) out of choice, even though this is not yet required by the regulations in force here. Working directly with designers in the field and in the laboratory allows you to create new solutions and improve on existing ones. How would you assess the evolution of materials such as polyurea? Polyurea is a one-way street. An architect, builder or customer who has tried the product will never go back to a more basic system. Polyurea is a safe and durable solution, and the initial investment required is quickly earned back over time. How do you see the future of construction in Uruguay? Construction in Uruguay is not going to stop growing and evolving. Increasingly, customers value and demand technological solutions that provide return on their investments and that minimise maintenance over time. And to this end, Tecnopol has developed many solutions over the years to meet the needs of the task at hand. JAVIER BUTULA Sales Manager since October 2007, which fills him with "pride and great responsibility". Although he says he has not yet finished his studies in chemical engineering, he says he knows the company almost like the back of his hand, since he joined the company in 1997 as a quality control inspector for the material.



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