SANJAY BAHADUR offers waterproofing solutions for the longevity of constructions. With the rise in temperature over the last century, elements like the sun and rain have been playing havoc with the durability of concrete constructions. The problem gets compounded in urban living spaces, which are characterised by concrete construction clusters, low vegetation and pollution from various sources. Building roofs, in particular, are subject to heavy exposure to sunlight and rainwater.
This calls for an approach to sustainable roofing that can prevent water seepage and leakage through the roofs, further ensuring good health and comfort for the building occupants, reducing energy consumption needs and most importantly, enhancing durability of the construction through long-term performance and extended service life.The right envelope: Achieving sustainable construction with this approach is possible only through a well-designed building envelope system. Dr Fixit´s low-energy consumption (LEC) systems solutions include a green and sustainable waterproofing and insulation system for roofs and walls.
It is based on a layered built-up system that permanently weatherproofs roofs and walls from rain lash, hot and cold temperatures and in turn, leads to high energy savings. In the case of roof waterproofing, sustainability need not be the deciding factor. The main focus is laid on waterproofing properties and not insulation. However, LEC is a complete supply and apply roofing solution that combines thermal insulation and guaranteed waterproofing for sustainable roofing.
Leakage fix: Bathroom leakage is a persistent problem in almost all households. It not only affects the aesthetics of a home, but also causes health issues like asthma. Bathroom leakage is the result of faulty construction and use of sub-standard materials. Generally, repairing a leaking bathroom once the house is constructed results in hassles and higher costs. Hence to avoid future issues, it is always recommended to take preventive measures by getting the right bathroom waterproofing done during the construction phase itself. Also, Bathseal Kit is a holistic product which offers the end consumer a comprehensive solution for all the leakage issues in a bathroom. The main purpose of the waterproofing treatment is to stop the movement of water through the floor bed or moisture penetration through the walls, and for drainage of water, providing a proper slope to the drain points.Leakages through podiums and basements always pose a major problem, and demand foolproof solutions. The waterproofing system employed needs to have an excellent bond with concrete, while possessing high elongation to accommodate movement and prevent failure of the joints.
A revolutionary waterproof coating, a unique spray that instantaneously sets to become a breathable, rubberised membrane with 1,600 per cent elongation is the need of the hour.New-age waterproofing technologies, now available across the country, offer excellent performance apart from just being a green product. Trends like single point accountability and the manufacturer´s entry in offering turnkey solutions can help in eliminating the accountability issue when a system fails post completion of work.
About the author: Sanjay Bahadur is the Global CEO for Construction Chemicals with Pidilite Industries since October 2010. He joined the company in 2003 as CEO, and in 2007, went on to head ACC Concrete as managing director till 2008. Post this, he was a practising management consultant till 2010.