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SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION WITH EPDM MEMBRANES

Sustainable construction is construction with sustainability as the end goal. Sustainability plays the defining role in the design phase, the construction phase, while the building is used and when it is being demolished. When sustainability is required, EPDM roofing systems are your best option. The unique properties of EPDM outclass alternative options, especially in the field of sustainability. These properties are becoming more widely known, and because of this, the market share of EPDM roofing systems has grown exponentially in the past few years.

 

One of the unique properties that is the basis for this, is its natural resistance to UV and ozone. Deterioration caused by UV and ozone is one of the decisive factors which causes the degeneration of a roofing system. Where other roofing systems require additives, EPDM is naturally resistant to these influences. This makes EPDM the most sustainable solution for every flat roof, giving it a lifespan of over 50 years.

 

The rising interest in sustainability has led to the devaluation of the concept of “sustainability”. Everyone claims to be acting sustainably, whilst often lacking a solid foundation.  The EPDM roofing systems from HERTALAN®, however, are different.

WHAT MAKES EPDM THE MOST SUSTAINABLE ROOFING SYSTEM?

EPDM has many properties which makes it the most sustainable roofing system. When compared to traditional roofing systems, such as bitumen, EPDM differentiates itself with unique properties:

✓  Proven lifespan of over 50 years  
Can be used in a circular system  
✓ EPD certified      
✓ Recyclable to a raw material  
   
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SUSTAINABILITY SUPPORTED BY CERTIFICATION

The rising interest in sustainability has led to the devaluation of the concept of “sustainability”. Everyone claims to be acting sustainably, whilst often lacking a solid foundation.  The EPDM roofing systems from HERTALAN®, however, are different.

 

HERTALAN® EPDM holds the DUBO® certification and the European EPD certification (Environmental Product Declaration). The “Life Cycle Analysis” (LCA) stands at the centre of the EPD certification, whereby all the phases of the manufacturing process, including the raw materials used, are scrutinised. The total environmental impact is determined based on this. The approach is slightly different with the DUBO® certification, where the “shadow price” is calculated. This price is reached by calculating the cost per m² to restore the total environmental impact caused during the manufacturing process.

CIRCULAR CONSTRUCTION

The ultimate form of Sustainable Construction is Circular Construction.  The Netherlands committed to the UN treaty of Paris in 2015. The end goal of this treaty is a Circular Economy in 2050. In order to reach this goal, the government has created the national program “Circular Economy: The Netherlands Circular in 2050”. The objectives are ambitious: in 2030 50% less use of primary raw materials, and in 2050 an entirely Circular Economy.

 

In the field of Circular Construction, EPDM roofing systems are also a real asset.  EPDM roofing systems often exceed the lifetime of a building.  In this instance, a roofing membrane can be reused and thus begin its second life.  The HERTALAN® RhinoBond system offers the solution: an EPDM roofing system that is easy to dismantle after which it can be reused.

MORE INFORMATION

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