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Saumalaakso – Use of durable materials in sealing

Regular maintenance of element joints extends the life cycle of facades. At the same time, it prevents moisture damage, lowers heating costs, improves indoor air quality, increases living comfort and improves the appearance of the building. Saumalaakso uses durable Illbruck’s sealing materials complied with ISO14025 standard.

Sustainable materials (kg)
16 000
Total impact 16 000 See all »
Sustainable materials (kg)
16 000
Total impact 16 000 See all »
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Eetu Helminen
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In general the impact of resealing in due time is greater than the impact of this single planet act. If resealing is done in time and that reduces the need to use pristine concrete to renovate facades the impact can be substantial. However the sealing materials are only a small portion of the environmental footprint of a building, therefore the act of renovating rather the renewing is the clue to this act.

The drive to use environmentally friendly materials is admirable and should be shared throughout the whole construction industry. Therefore being a frontrunner and showing example to the industry and customers is important.

About Eetu
I’m an enthusiastic, goal-driven, experienced, and inspiring change leader as well as an impact builder and communication professional. I have been leading and played major parts in many sustainability business concepts, design processes, and impact projects. I have been building tools for scaling up impact and business for the past decade at Solved, Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation, and Siemens. My background comes from news journalism.
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Purpose

Regular maintenance of element joints extends the life cycle of facades. Re-sealing should be planned after the old joints have cracked or if the joints begin to come off completely.

Timely sealing becomes significantly less expensive than extensive water leak repair. It also prevents moisture damage, lowers heating costs, improves indoor air quality, increases living comfort and improves the appearance of the building.

Saumalaakso encourages its customers to use environmentally friendly materials and raw materials in their sealing work, which means that future generations have also been taken into account in material choices.

Results

The most typical Saumalaakso re-sealing site is a two-story five-storey apartment building.

Extensive sealing of the entire property is carried out at approximately 200 sites each year. There are about 1000 rm (running meters) of replaceable seams per site. About 210 to 250 ml (0.2 to 0.23 kg / rm) of material is consumed per meter.

In 2021, Illbruck’s durable sealing materials have been used in approximately 40% of the cases in the Saumalaakso sealing work, meaning the use of 16,000 kg of durable material at our sites.

Implementation

Saumalaakso strives to follow environmentally friendly procedures in its operations and to continuously improve its practices in order to achieve more ecological solutions.

Saumalaakso demands from the material suppliers the best products on the market, reliable delivery security and the values ​​of sustainable development.

Only the best is good for us!

Saumalaakso chose Tremco CPG Europe, a specialist in sealing and sealing products, as our their partner for durable sealants. The company’s strong investment in product development and environmental friendliness was the main factor in intensifying cooperation. Tremco CPG Europe’s illbruck brand products are pioneers in safety, quality and durability. As a global and youthful company, Tremco CPG meets today’s requirements with illbruck products and is able to meet the construction and environmental challenges of the future.

When choosing an advanced, durable material, the seal work in Saumalaakso is done using Illbruck’s innovative one-component, non-draining and elastic sealants based on hybrid polymer technology that do not contain harmful isocyanate, solvents or silicone. The environmental impact of these materials is presented in accordance with ISO14025.

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Environmental Product Declaration

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