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poliurea tecnocoat

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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poliuretano desmopol

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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pavimentos continuos tecnofloor

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 espuma de poliuretano

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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Tecnopol sponsors a team in a solidarity rally in Morocco UNIRAID 2020

As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility programme of the company Tecnopol,it took place the sponsoring of one of the teams that participated in the last edition of the UNIRAID solidarity rally for Morocco last February. The characteristics of this event are far from those of other strictly sporting events, as it brings together a number of values with the ones that Tecnopol aligns itself with, such as sport, effort, altruism and very especially solidarity.   To be able to participate in the rally, a series of requirements must be accomplished in order to make it a true unforgettable adventure for its participants. To begin with, all teams must be composed of students between 18 and 28 years old, compete with a car of more than twenty years old with two-wheel drive; and most importantly, provide a minimum of 40 kg of solidarity material. The aim is to provide resources for families and villages in the desert that need them, and to improve the quality of education in the region where the rally is taking place. The team sponsored by Tecnopol and formed by Gerard Giménez and Marc García completed the itinerary set by the organization during nine days and six stages in the desert of Morocco with a 1994 Citroën AX that had to undergo a series of modifications; changing the suspensions and pneumatics, adding a roof rack and manufacturing a custom-made crankcase protector, in order to be able to support the adventure and the weight of the 117 kg of material that they brought along, including pencils, notebooks, books, clothes, etc. The experience was very positive for all the participants and from Tecnopol we feel especially proud to contribute our small grain of sand to improve people's lives.  

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Tecnocoat P-2049 OBTAINS 2 NEW CERTIFICATIONS.

TECNOCOAT P-2049 has recently received recognition from the leading construction authorities in France and Hong Kong as the first polyurea to obtain the AVIS TECHNIQUE and GREEN LABEL standards respectively.  CSTB  Avis Technique n°5.2/19-2665_V1 The Avis Technique is a technical information document relating to the suitability of a product, material, part or component used in innovative construction.   Following the CSTB evaluation of the  TECNOCOAT P-2049 waterproofing system, it received a favorable valuation and has been certified as a product suitable for use in its sphere of application,  namely “Waterproofing products and processes for roofs and terraces, subterranean walls and floorings”, specifically categorized as a “Liquid waterproofing system, with a resin base, prepared on-site for inaccessible roofs, technical flooring, garden floors and those accessible to pedestrian traffic”.    TECNOCOAT P-2049 is the first polyurea to obtain this certification.  ​   CIC GREEN PLATINUM product approval The new CIC plan for “Ecological products certification” aims to transform Hong Kong into an eco-friendlier built environment by providing a certification platform for construction products and materials.   TECNOCOAT P-2049 has obtained the highest certification with the “platinum seal”. The certification criteria include the carbon footprint, environmental management systems, efficiency, performance, toxicity for humans, impact on the ecosystem and consumption of resources.  The plan identifies products which have significantly reduced their impact on the environment.  

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Daniel Arias Aranda. Resilience & building of tomorrow

Daniel Arias Aranda Chemical-based companies  will now become companies  of strategic priority They will be the pillar on which the economies  will be based to confront this and future crises that may arise.   In these “Strange Days” we are living, which advice would you give to companies to be resilient? We are living in times of great uncertainty. The time for business decisions has been getting shorter for years. Consumers’ tastes and wishes change very quickly at the same time technology evolves. Companies have been adapting to these changes rapidly for decades. However, this unexpected turn of events with the Covid19 crisis has left companies without the capacity to respond in a short term. Events have been changing day by day, challenging even the most advanced decision support systems. There will be a paradigm change from this year on we are already living during these “Strange Days”. Companies, from now on, will have to be much more flexible and have rapid protocol responses already prepared in advance. The key is supply chain management. When the chain fails, losses are sometimes unmanageable. We are experiencing this first-hand with healthcare supplies. A protocolized emergency strategy involves intermediate warehouses with medical equipment prepared for quick logistic delivery in case of a humanitarian disaster. Spain had never previously prepared for this, like many other countries, and currently a reactive rather then proactive strategy is being implemented, which makes the virus go ahead of us.  This case is applicable to the business field soon. Logistics is the key to being prepared for future crisis scenarios.   Climate change is increasingly affecting our lives. What can we do from an economic perspective to make cities more sustainable? There are two factors that affect sustainability. The first is the development of new technologies, and the second is the effective implementation of those technologies linked to the changes in citizens’ lifestyles. In large cities, the major sources of pollution come from fuel burning (mainly vehicles and old oil-fired boilers). The implementation of quality public transport for particularly vulnerable groups, as well as the increase in energy efficiency, become fundamental actions for sustainability. However, citizens need to be aware that the old mobility paradigms will change. In this case, if there is one positive thing about the Covid19 crisis is that it will redesign the way we move around. Teleworking, whenever possible, avoids unnecessary travel and therefore CO2 emissions. The social distancing to which we will be subjected in the coming months will limit the demand for commuting and perhaps we will consider, whenever possible, the option of walking more. On the other hand, economies of proximity (purchase of food or supplies from nearby suppliers or even the growth of urban gardens) will increase mainly because of the uncertainty created. Cities will tend towards sustainability out of necessity.   In a sector such as construction, increasingly aware of the implementation of sustainable criteria, what systems or processes should be applied in order to become more eco-efficient? There are urban concepts such as the Passiv Haus that will necessarily have to be developed and increasingly applied. Materials engineering will play a leading role in designing lighter and more resistant materials at a lower cost.   In this context, circular economy will be progressively incorporated into the strategic plans of companies. Of course, energy efficiency aimed at self-sufficiency will develop to the extent that people will not want to depend on low-resilience production systems.   All these concepts are the basis of Industry 4.0 that we will see implemented quickly after this crisis.   In these “Strange Days” we are living, which advice would you give to companies to be resilient? We are living in times of great uncertainty. The time for business decisions has been getting shorter for years. Consumers’ tastes and wishes change very quickly at the same time technology evolves. Companies have been adapting to these changes rapidly for decades.However, this unexpected turn of events with the Covid19 crisis has left companies without the capacity to respond in a short term. Events have been changing day by day, challenging even the most advanced decision support systems. There will be a paradigm change from this year on we are already living during these “Strange Days”. Companies, from now on, will have to be much more flexible and have rapid protocol responses already prepared in advance. The key is supply chain management. When the chain fails, losses are sometimes unmanageable. We are experiencing this first-hand with healthcare supplies. A protocolized emergency strategy involves intermediate warehouses with medical equipment prepared for quick logistic delivery in case of a humanitarian disaster. Spain had never previously prepared for this, like many other countries, and currently a reactive rather then proactive strategy is being implemented, which makes the virus go ahead of us.  This case is applicable to the business field soon. Logistics is the key to being prepared for future crisis scenarios.   Climate change is increasingly affecting our lives. What can we do from an economic perspective to make cities more sustainable? There are two factors that affect sustainability. The first is the development of new technologies, and the second is the effective implementation of those technologies linked to the changes in citizens’ lifestyles. In large cities, the major sources of pollution come from fuel burning (mainly vehicles and old oil-fired boilers). The implementation of quality public transport for particularly vulnerable groups, as well as the increase in energy efficiency, become fundamental actions for sustainability. However, citizens need to be aware that the old mobility paradigms will change. In this case, if there is one positive thing about the Covid19 crisis is that it will redesign the way we move around. Teleworking, whenever possible, avoids unnecessary travel and therefore CO2 emissions. The social distancing to which we will be subjected in the coming months will limit the demand for commuting and perhaps we will consider, whenever possible, the option of walking more. On the other hand, economies of proximity (purchase of food or supplies from nearby suppliers or even the growth of urban gardens) will increase mainly because of the uncertainty created. Cities will tend towards sustainability out of necessity.   In a sector such as construction, increasingly aware of the implementation of sustainable criteria, what systems or processes should be applied in order to become more eco-efficient? There are urban concepts such as the Passiv Haus that will necessarily have to be developed and increasingly applied. Materials engineering will play a leading role in designing lighter and more resistant materials at a lower cost.   In this context, circular economy will be progressively incorporated into the strategic plans of companies. Of course, energy efficiency aimed at self-sufficiency will develop to the extent that people will not want to depend on low-resilience production systems.   All these concepts are the basis of Industry 4.0 that we will see implemented quickly after this crisis.   From the perspective of the Production and Operations Management, a subject you are an expert of, what can a company such as Tecnopol improve, when distributing its products in the five continents? Chemical-based companies will now become companies of strategic priority. They will be the pillar on which the economies will be based to confront this and future crises that may arise. In order to be resilient, companies will obviously have to implement a continuous and intense policy in R&D together with a logistic capacity of fast response with a very close collaboration with suppliers in systems based on Lean Management. R&D management will be based on the generation of large “innovation libraries” together with a closer collaboration with other companies and research entities (universities, research centers, ...) in order to promote the implementation of different innovations for different applications, and all of this, within a short period of time. One thing we are learning in this crisis is the value of time, especially in the chemistry and biotechnology areas.   How will markets respond to the health emergency created by Covid19 and the climate emergency decreed by multiple institutions? The lack of contingency plans has created numerous speculative markets, especially in the health field, where supply and demand pricing are ahead of human lives. If a virus with a mortality rate under the 3% (according to the different age ranges) has caused chaos even in the financial markets, what would have happened with higher mortality and infection rates? Clearly, we will recover from this crisis with a cost that is difficult to calculate at this time. There will be economic sectors that will emerge strengthened, such as health, biotechnology, chemicals and other sectors that rely their current activity on the digital economy. But there will be others that will even have to reinvent themselves such as the tourism sector. I foresee in this sector greater difficulties for big tourist and hotel companies, but a boost for rural tourism, as a result of the social distancing that will be imposed on us in this and the following phases of this crisis. Other sectors such as the agri-food sector may also be reinforced. The adaptation capacity of the different companies and markets will set the guidelines to follow.   When and how do you expect the construction market to recover? It’s very difficult to make predictions at this point. Logically, economic crises have a very negative impact on the construction market. The effort we will have to make is going to be considerable before returning to the economic situations we had before Covid19.      ¿In which projects or ideas are you working on currently?  My research team efforts are currently focused, on the one hand, on the REMESH EU H2020 project about Supply Chain Resilience in Emergency Situations in which we work together with universities from Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Thailand, Vietnam and especially Wuhan University, with whom we are in constant contact. The other line of research is focused on the Erasmus+ project from the UE called AGROS in which we work on innovation and knowledge management for the development of sustainable agriculture together with our partners from Greece, Cyprus, Serbia, Croatia and Lithuania. .  Daniel Arias Aranda Professor of Business Organisation at the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies at the University of Granada He has published more than one hundred scientific publications on Operations and Business Management.  He is a member of the Board Council of the Innovation and Development Agency (IDEA) of the Andalusian Regional Government and a researcher for the European Union’s project H2020 on “Supply Chain Resilience in Emergency Situations” with the University of Wuhan.  He also contributes to Santiago Camacho’s “Strange Days” (Días Extraños) podcast with the “Strange Economy” section.

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The construction sector in Spain: a testing time ahead

Josep Ramón Fontana Euroconstruct Delegate in Spain. Prospective Manager for the Catalonia Institute of Construction Technology (ITeC)   The ramifications of the coronavirus crisis are still unknown, but forecasts have already emerged (FMI, Bank of Spain, Funcas) which predict a fall in the GDP of between 7 and 9% for 2020 and resurges of between 4.5% and 6% over 2021. Until more specific data is available in regard to the construction sector, we can only refer to the evidence from previous crises, which have shown that construction is capable of growing faster than GDP when the economy is buoyant but also offering less resistance when there is a downturn in the cycle. Applying this principle, one cannot discount a double-digit slump in the construction sector in 2020.     However, one cannot necessarily conclude from these precedents that construction will suffer worse from the economic crisis than the rest of the economy. There are some factors which indicate this scenario, but others which differ and additional circumstances which we cannot yet interpret:   HIGH RISK For a while, public spending will need to prioritize assistance and subsidies to reduce permanent damage to the productive framework. Although public investment in construction could be used as an instrument to sustain the economy and employment, it is hard to actually imagine a significant surge of public works within Spain.  MODERATE RISK Over recent years, the construction sector has been very careful to scale production according to demand. The result is that stock levels (both housing and non-residential property) are reasonably affordable, provided the health crisis does not persist. In all events, it is nothing compared with the dramatic building boom which resulted in the creation of SAEB in 2012.   On the other hand, the total shutdown of construction has been limited to two-weeks. Bearing in mind that health considerations could easily have led to an extension of the “hibernation” period, a large part of the sector has managed to avoid the full impact of this inactivity.  UNCERTAINTIES People’s patterns of behaviour are going to change. A population less inclined to travel will result in reduced leisure-based construction and fewer holiday residences and properties designed for those seeking to retire abroad. But it is also possible that some families will look at repairs and extension work on their houses that they have identified during their confinement.   Lastly, we should look closely at the property market indicators. Experts in this sector are predicting a relatively active reaction (financing will still be available, unlike the previous economic crisis), although it may be uneven (the security of ‘prime’ assets will again be a factor). It will be essential to the construction sector that property demand does not collapse, as shown in 2014-2015, and the building industry will not recover until the real estate sector does.    This situation, in which worrying signs exist alongside other more benign indicators, is not ideal for confronting the new challenges faced by the sector. In all events, precious experience in how to deal with adverse times and a proven capacity for resistance will be invaluable.  

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Resilience & building for tomorrow

According to ONU-HÁBITAT the concept of resilience describes the ability of an urban system to maintain continuity after damaging impacts or catastrophes, while contributing positively to adaptation and transformation.   At Tecnopol there are a number of facets to our concept of resilience; firstly, from the perspective of the construction materials used and our role as the manufacturers and designers of construction solutions which have a clear and positive impact on the maintenance of all types of buildings and infrastructures. Secondly, from the standpoint of social responsibility and a global commitment to sustainability and the diversity of existing communities. And finally, from the business perspective in the face of the growing threats of climate change and Covid 19, and their impact on our lives and economy. In regards to all these issues, Tecnopol plays an active part in the resilience of our cities, places high value on the importance of the construction industry and contributes to global solutions that are sustainable and eco-efficient.   Recently 17 major European construction bodies, subsequently joined by a further 33 organizations, asked the EU Commission to reinforce the construction industry with a new vision for the built environment, through the “Construction 2050: Building Tomorrow’s Europe Today” initiative.     Although this is a European initiative, it is clearly transposable to the rest of the planet and largely encapsulates the Tecnopol commitment in the face of the changes we are experiencing: today, the construction ecosystem imposes a method of collaborative working, in which cooperation and codependence between all the players involved is key.   To facilitate this form of working, it is essential to promote digitalization as a tool to promote communication between the players. This challenge, alongside others defined under the “Construction 2050” initiative represents the new built environment which will require the following:   More jobs, safer and more secure, which will attract new employees with the right profile and qualifications.    Decarbonization, which contributes towards the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO) and the halting of climate change. Sustainable industry in which construction and demolition (C&D) waste are reduced and a circular economic strategy is promoted.      Digital transformation with a more innovative sector as a result of support for research and technology.  Research and innovation.  Maintenance and investment in infrastructures.  Ensuring equal conditions throughout the EU and internationally.  Urban development and smart cities.

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Tecnopol Team, always close to you

Despite the state of alarm decreed by the Government has modified our industrial activity, from TECNOPOL we continue working every day to continue developing, producing and shiping our products around the world.  Complying with the indications of the Ministry of Health, and in order to ensure the integrity and security of our whole team, we have changed our working methodology adapting it to the new situation.  Our customer service, administration, marketing and sales teams are working remotely to continue assisting you as usual.

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What is Polyurea

Polyurea description The polyurea is a synthetic polymer obtained from the reaction of a diamine with a diisocyanate, polymerization reaction is very similar to polyurethane one, but in case of polyurea, resulting link is a "urea", so it is called polyurea. By this link we get from generating molecular structure an insensitivity to moisture, thus making the polyurea (if pure) the best waterproof membrane. We say "if pure" because in the market there are numerous polyurea-called "hybrid", which are a mixture between polyurea and polyurethane. These membranes do not have the same mechanical properties as the pure polyurea (elongation, abrasion resistance, etc ...). The following graph clearly shows the difference. Pure Polyurea Isocyanate + Polyamine  Molecular structure completely insensitive to moisture. Pure polyurea does not react with water making it the best waterproofing material. Hybrid Polyurea Isocyanate + Polyol + Polyamine  A polyol participates in the molecular structure of the hybrids, which gives it properties halfway between pure polyurea and polyurethane. Polyurethane Isocyanate + Catalyst + Polyol Polyurethane needs a catalyst in its structure which adds an extra molecular bond. Excellent waterproofing material but with lower mechanical properties than polyureas.     Polyurea types (pure) Depending on polyurea chemical structure, it could be of two types: aliphatic or aromatic. The aromatic polyurea is more tenacious and not resists UV exposure, causing some discoloration and loss of shine, which is not recommended for applications "face side". On the contrary, aliphatic polyurea is resistant to UV radiation and it is excellent as a finish coat, because of its raw materials high costs, it makes it  a polyurea of higher price range.   Polyurea application The application of the polyurea is normally performed in hot state; for that is needed a hot spraying plural components (2-components) equipment under high pressure (type GRACO Reactor E-XP2). This equipment is capable of providing a pressure of 2700 psi at a temperature of 70 ° C.  This kind of polyurea dry only in 3 or 4 seconds once applied. There is also the called cold polyurea or polyurea cold applied, it not requires a spraying equipment because it is processed manually using a rubber float, spatula or trowel. This polyurea takes longer to dry than faster one hot sprayed. Advantages and Properties of Polyurea There are many advantages and properties of polyurea membrane, then the most important detail: membrane without joints or overlaps and of maximum flexibility - up to 600% elongation. Polyurea uses Polyurea properties make it a product for applications where waterproofing, protection and durability are fundamental. The endless possibilities for polyurea coloration are a clear advantage in those applications where the aesthetic aspect plays an important role. The adaptability and adhesion of the polyurea allow use in almost any application requirement waterproofing, coating and / or protection can include: waterproofing and corrosion protection on steel, concrete and many other supports.   Polyurea varieties In Tecnopol, we are constantly innovating in the creation and development of new products and the improvement of existing formulations. Currently, we have different membranes according to your needs:  

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Tecnopol and Sustainable Construction

According to the report, 'Emissions from Building and Infrastructure Consumption', published by C40 Cities, Arup and the University of Leeds, the construction industry could reduce emissions in a 44% by 2050, and for this reason six key areas are carried through reduce the climate impact of construction in cities. However, from Tecnopol we have been working on different aspects for some time now. The company manages the waste internally, by separating recyclable materials, the need for water during the manufacturing processes is minimal, and the water needed is reused through a closed circuit. But where our commitment to make construction more sustainable globally can really be seen is in the achieved characteristics 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, without negative effects on the environment. What this generates is that they are completely stable and inert once applied, without emission of particles during their useful life. Moreover, at the time of removal, it is recyclable material without the need for special actions.   Tecnocoat: Pure polyurea membrane solvent free, zero VOC. (With zero emissions of dangerous substances to the atmosphere). Green Label certified system in Singapore and in process in other locations. In conclusion, it is rewarding to create sustainable products; we all need to check I which areas and aspects we can improve and adapt us to reduce the climate impact of construction.

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Interview with David Pont, Technical Manager of Tecnopol

David Pont has been a technical architect since 1997, year in which he graduated and started his profession, as a project manager and facultative direction of different projects. Since 2011 he brings his experience to Tecnopol, being his technical director and the maximum responsible of a vital department for the evolution and the daily activity of the benchmark company in the manufacture of Polyurea in Europe, with an important presence worldwide, and which also stands out as a producer of other products, like Polyurethane and Industrial Pavements.   How is Tecnopol’s technical service structured? It is proposed as a consultation service to architects, applicators and in general, to any agent involved in the process of design, planification and execution of construction projects, who would be interested in the systems and products that we develop and manufacture. Our main objective is to support the prescriber in all phases, from our laboratory, in the office and on site. Thanks to my previous experience, I try to visualize and involve myself in each project globally and not only in the aspects related to waterproofing: the key is to always seek to help the prescriber in the sustainability of the project. The technical service gets involved from the initial phase of the projects? Yes, whenever they require our collaboration. The appearance of the Tecnopol brand in the project specifications is an added guarantee for all those who are part of the evolution of the project and its subsequent maintenance. This has allowed us to be present in important private projects in countries such as Chile, Argentina or the Dominican Republic, as well as in other public projects in India (Metropolitan train project in Delhi, civil infrastructure works in Vietnam, Grand Memorial of Bharatratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar...).Providing knowledge of the properties and application of our liquid waterproofing systems and, at the same time, give solutions to different finishing possibilities and aesthetic definitions, are key elements for achieving an optimum final result and optimising costs, correctly applying the appropriate quantities of each product.  The choice of construction solutions is normally defined in the consulting phase during the design of the project and from the R+D department, we always try to give the appropriate answer to each request made to us.  Training for Applicators is also an important issue. Is it difficult to apply Tecnopol products?  They're not difficult to apply at all. It is simply necessary to understand simple chemical processes and at the same time, be careful with the maintenance of the different application equipment. It is essential to provide, for our entire team, initial and ongoing training in the application processes of our solutions and the products that make them up. All of this complemented by the service to all kinds of specific queries that reach us from anywhere in the globe thanks to the Internet and messaging systems.  Your systems and products are used in all kind of building and projects. Is it different the advice requested if it comes from an architect, engineer or applicator?  It is clear that each agent involved in the construction process has different visions, needs and interests regarding the same concept, and in this field of waterproofing is no different. Doubts that may arise in the project phase don’t need to be the same as during the implementation phase. In this sense, all the technical department team know how to proceed in each case. Standards and certifications change, depending on the country. How do you cope with the dispersal of requirements? Important question. Globalization has allowed us to have presence very fast in international markets, and as there is no other way, constructive tradition, meteorology or simply each country’s culture makes the national and local building regulation different. This is why, in many countries the certifications or tests carried out can be analogous to those of other countries of different continents.  Therefore, we have more than 100 certifications, tests or approvals worldwide (ETE, BBA, AVIS TECHNIQUE, ASTM, Green Label ...). All of this added to our territorial implantation in more than 50 countries all over the world gives us the capacity to cover the needs of local homologation and in this way, to be able to access the public and private tenders of projects in competition. Specifically, and in order to offer some data that may be representative of this, we are a reference company with homologated waterproofing and thermal insulation systems in public tenders in some Middle East countries or in important oil corporations in the global area. In the case of Europe, a great deal of harmonization has been done since the creation of the "EOTA" organization, institution creator of the standards that affect construction at a European level, and the CE marking standard. Even so, there are local certifications that are restrictive to the standards issued by EOTA. In addition, the territories affected by earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and more recently by the effects of climate change, force to take more and more factors into account. How does all this affect their work?  Climate change has a clear reflection, without going any further, in the Mediterranean area where we are located, it has affected meteorology with the appearance of precipitations of less predictable rains, more intense and located in a shorter temporal space. Consequently, waterproofing has to be optimised taking these new factors into consideration. In other areas of the globe, effects such as El Niño or La Niña (I am thinking about the American continent), represent important tests for our systems, which demonstrate day by day, and in front of each new challenge their effectiveness and watertightness. Does your work have a direct impact on the economic and environmental sustainability of the projects in which you collaborate? Taking into account the properties of some of our systems, especially in the field of thermal insulation, yes. Continuous systems with these types of properties have a direct impact on the daily energy consumption of industrial, commercial or residential buildings. The use on the other hand of materials (such as Tecnofoam polyurethanes) without fluorinated gas content, a source of the greenhouse effect and the effect on the ozone layer, are an important asset and their choice is an important criterion when prescribing a thermal insulation system. How do you imagine the future of construction? No doubt, the inclusion of the concept of "environmental sustainability" is going to influence the appearance of new products and therefore in the way and manner of building, in fact, it is already doing so: the way they are manufactured, how they positively affect the reduction of energy consumption of buildings, and the affectation or necessary recycling processes at the time of being withdrawn are parameters that are going to affect the way of understanding the construction, its execution and its particular use. It is necessary to be able to offer the public and final user of buildings, a product where the relationship between "cost, quality and sustainability" is optimal, due to the impact that the processes of implementation, use and after-sales can have on the climate change of the planet. Consequently, all of us will have to adapt and be able to offer products under new and different standards from those learned in universities or already applied and prescribed according to our previous experience.

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The importance of Polyurea in the coverage of Sant’s railways box

Thanks to the Tecnocoat system of Tecnopol a safe waterproofing was achieved by means of a single layer The district of Sants in the city of Barcelona underwent/suffered an important urban change because of the creation of the station Barcelona Sants. It is currently the second-largest railway station in Spain, with some thirty million passengers a year, a third of whom make long-distance journeys. The successive improvement works since its inauguration in 1979, and the adaptation to high-speed trains, have progressively changed both the station and its urban environment; one of the most visible changes was produced by the burying in 2007 of the tracks that ran in a south-west direction with respect to the station, creating an insurmountable artificial barrier that crossed the neighbourhood. In order to resolve the space as a whole, an enormous concrete block / box was built over the train tracks that divided the neighbourhood, giving rise to a large 800-metre-long landscaped pedestrian area. With this urban development, the neighbourhood has been organised internally, communicated and opened to the public use of the neighbours and the city in general. Project features The project includes the community use of the upper part by means of paved areas and green zones; while in the interior zone numerous passages coexist with complex canalizations and the passage of communications facilities. In other words, the coverage action is used to grant pleasant spaces for daily use for the population and, at the same time, to optimise the urban communications that coexist at present. As a constructive solution for waterproofing under the pavements, Tecnopol's tecnocoat system was chosen (made with pure polyurea Tecnocoat P-2049); with three objectives: to achieve a complete and safe watertightness of the concrete slab, to reduce the overall execution time and to make it possible to carry out subsequent civil works on the same polyurea membrane without the need for heavy protection, with maximum safety in terms of resistance to abrasion, punching and direct circulation. Technical characteristics of the system The substrate was prepared by milling/polishing the reinforced concrete with special intensive polishing equipment to give a visual finish to the "Concrete Surface Profile CSP-2" scale. This substrate preparation action, together with the application of a polyurethane resin as a primer-sealant, made easier the subsequent application of the polyurea membrane avoiding the appearance of pinholes or other pathologies, ensuring a good continuous adherence to the substrate. Hot spraying provides greater security to the watertightness of the whole as the control of the mixture of the two liquid products required is carried out through a fully digitalised mixing equipment, which controls the mixing ratios, temperatures and pressures suitable for its solid formation. After pre-treatment of the surface, two intercrossed layers of 100% polyurethane resin "PRIMER PU-1050 solids" were applied; and then the "TECNOCOAT P-2049 pure polyurea membrane" was applied, with an average thickness of 2 mm, continuously without overlaps or joints and completely adhered to the concrete. A general application was carried out on the entire surface of the concrete slab, and also in specific areas of encounter with perimeter walls, channelling, metal finishes or concrete boxes for the passage of installations. The membrane was completely covered by pavements and gardens, that is, without exposure to UV rays, and given the magnitude of the project, different finishes coexist: ceramic pavements, granites, mortars, children's play areas, gardens, etc. Summarizing the advantages of the choice of this system highlight the direct and rapid application, drying in seconds that facilitates the application of large surfaces with high labor outputs, continuous training, without overlaps or joints, which reduces the possibility of seepage. Creation of a single, direct layer, with 100% safe waterproofing. Absence of mortar slopes for the evacuation of water (applied directly to the structural element which increases its adherence and protection against water ingress). Great resistance to abrasion, punching and rolling, which means that its passability during the execution of masonry works can be carried out without the need for protection by means of traditional concrete layers. Finally, it is a system with numerous certifications, approvals and tests worldwide (ETE, BBA, ASTM, ISO) which ensures and demonstrates its effectiveness; and its great versatility in many areas of work where it can be applied, both in terms of meteorology, construction methods or design and final use.

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TECNOFOAM G-2060 Foam designed for insulation of transitable inverted roofs.

Excellent properties We have extended our range of polyurethane foams with the inclusion of the new TECNOFOAM G-2060, a foam specifically formulated for the application and formation of high density polyurethane foam (±52~62 kg/m³).  This new foam replaces the previous TECNOFOAM G-2050 which has now been withdrawn from our catalogue. All the tests conducted with the new TECNOFOAM G-2060 have produced even better results than its predecessor, making it ideal for inverted roof systems in combination with TECNOCOAT P-2049 polyurea.  TECNOFOAM G-2060 is a completely closed cell foam, a composition which directly influences its fundamental properties, such as thermal conductivity, absorption and waterproofing, permeability to water vapour, dimensional stability and resistance to compression.      A system suitable for all roof surfaces  Roofs which use a system with a high density and resistance to compression are normally considered transitable. In the TECNOFOAM G-2060 + TECNOCOAT P-2049 system, the high compression resistance of the polyurethane foam, the formation of a regular surface thanks to “closed cell” nature, together with the high resistance of the polyurea, allow the creation of a system which is ideal even for vehicle traffic purposes.   It is also a system widely used in all types of roofs (inclined or otherwise) with insulation and waterproofing requirements: roofs for farms, industrial warehouses, shopping centers, etc.  TECNOFOAM G-2060 allows the application of a polyurea membrane over its exterior coat in a continuous form without the risk of “pinholes” or bubbles forming.   GENERAL FEATURES TECNOFOAM G-2060 is a product with high insulating capacity, easy to apply covering all surfaces. The application and formation of the foam are carried out means a spray equipment. It is specially designed to be coated with TECNOCOAT P-2049, without the appearance of bubbles, “pinholes” or other pathologies. It does not emit any substance to the environment once installed. The properties of this polyurethane foam system allow it to adhere to any surface such as concrete, ceramic, metal, polyurethane foam, wood, acrylic paints (checking the situation of areas recommended). The application of TECNOFOAM G-2060 is completely continuous, instead of the classic non-continuous thermal insulation material , saving any kind of union between applications, and providing a optimum thermal insulation  surface with high thermal insulation parameters TECNOFOAM G-2060, is under european norme EN 14315-1:2013, thermal insulation products for buildings, in situ formed sprayed rigid polyurethane (PUR) It has CE mark on the basis of a declaration of performance DoP prepared in accordance with EU regulation 305/2011. www.tecnopol.es or statement available on demand.   MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TECNOFOAM G-2060      

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Moisture in concrete and coatings sensitive to damp.

Slabs of concrete are the system most used in the construction of all types of buildings and the use of concrete walls is ever more common. Sometimes the concrete surface may be left as a decorative feature in itself, while on other occasions it may be decided to cover it with coatings and finishes.   For the correct application of coatings sensitive to damp (including adhesives) an understanding is required of the source of the moisture within the concrete, the variations in damp during drying time, the factors which affect drying and the drying point after which coatings sensitive to damp may be applied.   We will go on to present a brief summary of how to determine the moisture content in concrete and how to interpret the information in order to obtain a realistic indication of whether the concrete drying point is suitable for applying the finishes.  The total degree of moisture within the concrete, whether water or water vapour, is known as the “moisture content” and is generally expressed as a percentage of the mass of the concrete.     Moisture may exist in the form of water (when the concrete is damp and the pores are saturated) or as water vapour. The amount of water vapour, and thereby the relative moisture within the concrete, varies significantly with time, depending on the degree of water vapour which entering or escaping from the concrete.  It is important to bear in mind that due to the minuscule capillaries of concrete, it may be almost saturated with water and yet have a moisture content of just 5%.  This has implications for what is considered a “sufficiently dry” concrete surface.   READ HERE THE ENTIRE ARTICLE 

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CERTIFICATIONS PRIMER WET

PRIMER WET obtains the UNE-EN 1504-2:2005 certification (principle 1.2 protection against penetration) as a product suitable for use on concrete structures The UNE-EN 1504.2 standard entitled “Products and systems for the protection and repair of concrete structure” is the European approval certificate which defines the identification, performance (including durability aspects), safety and assessment of conformity for products and systems designed for concrete surface protection, with the purpose of increasing the durability of concrete and reinforced concrete structures, in both new concrete constructions and maintenance and repair work.    Recently our 100% solid resin for very damp surfaces PRIMER WET has successfully passed all the tests conducted by the  TECNALIA laboratories,  obtaining the  EN 1504-2:2005 (principle 1.2 protection against penetration). The results of these tests and a copy of the certification are available on request from our technical department.   PRIMER WET is an epoxy resin without solvents, of low viscosity, applicable in one coat. It is especially designed to increase the adherence of our waterproofing systems based on continuous membranes, TECNOCOAT P-2049, pure polyurea membrane, and DESMOPOL, polyurethane membrane, on concrete or mortar surfaces with high residual moisture of up to 98%. PRIMER WET obtains the UNE-EN ISO 7783-1:2000 standard In conjunction with the above certification, the tests and trials required under the UNE-EN ISO 7783-1:2000 standard were performed by the TECNALIA laboratories, under the title “Determination of the water vapour transmission rate according to the dish method for small films.”, obtaining the highest results (45.57 SD(m) ± 2,74) for a  Class II certification, very close to Class III, impermeable to water vapour.   

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COVERAGE. The new TECNOPOL website app will help to calculate the exact quantities required for optimum performance

We are delighted to present COVERAGE, a new website application developed to provide accurate calculations for our most commonly used waterproofing systems. This app is specifically designed to explain the coating thickness, quantities and materials required for each job.   It is very simple to use, simply enter the name of your project, the square metres involved and the product to be used on each system coat. The app will make the relevant calculations in a matter of seconds and show the results on screen. It should be noted that the calculations are based on our use recommendations, and for normal or ideal climate and surface conditions. On the results screen the app allows additional adjustments to thickness and quantities based on particular project requirements. As soon as the parameters are modified the results will be instantly recalculated.   In addition the app provides conversion between metric and imperial measurements - an essential tool for working in countries where the different systems are commonly used.      Other useful information includes a calculation of the exact number of product containers required for the project. The results can be easily printed out or sent by E-mail or other digital formats as required, with a function for downloading a PDF document at the touch of a button.     Available at http://tecnopolgroup.com/coverage        

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