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UltraFloor is an Inspired choice at residential property

Experienced floor contractor Inspired Floors, have used UltraFloor Suppress IT, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer and Level IT Smooth to complete subfloor preparation at a residential property in the south east of England. 

Inspired Floors is family run business with over 15 years experience in the flooring industry. With extensive knowledge and an impressive list of accreditations and certificates to their name, it is unsurprising that they were chosen to install 90m² of Moduleo Flooring at this property.

Moduleo Flooring is a stylish, design-focused brand known for its luxurious vinyl flooring. Luxury vinyl tiles always look best when laid on a beautifully smooth sub-floor and so, it was crucial that the chosen smoothing underlayment dried with an extremely smooth finish, as any bumps or lumps would be obvious once the vinyl was laid.

Inspired Floors have completed a number of projects using UltraFloor’s subfloor preparation materials and so they knew Level IT Smooth was  the perfect smoothing underlayment to install the beautiful Moduleo Flooring.

Pump or trowel applied from 2mm to 30mm, Level IT Smooth has an extremely smooth finish and boasts a superior flow – perfect for larger flooring projects such as this one.

With a coverage rate of approximately 5.5m² at 3mm, Level IT Smooth is suitable for underfloor heating systems, has a working time of 20-30 minutes and can receive foot traffic after just 2-3 hours – allowing you to move on to the next part of the project quickly.

This 90m² residential project also required the use Prime IT Multi-surface Primer and Suppress IT moisture vapour suppressant.

Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is a moisture tolerant, water based acrylic primer, sealer and bonding aid. Formulated to promote adhesion to all UltraFloor smoothing underlayments, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer reduces pinholing, minimising the risk of costly failures.

With a coverage rate of 200m² at 3:1 dilution, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is a must have for all flooring installation projects. Watch an application video of Prime IT Multi-surface Primer.

Designed to suppress residual construction moisture – allowing the earlier installation of floor coverings – Suppress IT is a ready to use single component rapid drying moisture suppressant primer membrane. Applied in 2 coats, Suppress IT provides up to 95% RH protection, removes the need to prime and is pigmented orange so you can see exactly where you have applied it.

Both Prime IT Multi-surface Primer and Suppress IT are available in resealable 5 litre bottles so you can pop the lid back on and use the rest another day, eliminating wasted product.

For more information on Prime IT Multi-surface Primer, Suppress IT, Level IT Smooth and the other materials in UltraFloor’s range of subfloor preparation materials, please contact the UltraFloor by  email or by calling 01827 254402.

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UltraTileFix adhesives are guaranteed to perform every time

UltraTileFix, part of the multi award-winning Instarmac Group plc, is home to a portfolio of contractor-friendly, premium floor tile adhesives perfect for the flooring industry.

For the installation of ceramic and porcelain floor tiles, UltraTileFix recommends the use of a standard set tile adhesive such as ProSet SS. Formulated with extended workability, ProSet SS can receive light foot traffic within 18 hours and is suitable for installations where speed of set isn’t essential.

UltraTileFix ProRapid PB is a rapid setting, cementitious floor adhesive with increased bond strength. Polymer modified for an enhanced performance, ProRapid PB is ideal for use with ceramic, mosaic and natural stone floor tiles, has a 60 minute pot life and can be applied at depths of 3-12mm.

The flexible properties of ProRapid RS rapid set tile makes it ideal for use in wet areas and with underfloor heating. Polymer modified and formulated with enhanced adhesion, ProRapid RS is suitable for use with most common substrates and has a set time of just 2.5 hours.

Also available are ProFlex SP rapid set flexible tile adhesive and ProFlex SPES standard set flexible tile adhesive. Both adhesives are classified as S1 in accordance with EN 12004 and have a high level of deformation for greater tolerance to movement. The S1 properties of ProFlex SP and ProFlex SPES make them the perfect choice for timber floors, swimming pools and underfloor heating systems.

If you’re looking for a floor adhesive which boasts ultimate S2 flexibility then ProFlex S2 is the tile adhesive for you! The superior flexible properties of ProFlex S2 makes it the ideal choice for areas where movement or vibration can occur including plywood, chipboard overlays, swimming pools and underfloor heating.

What’s more, ProFlex S2 has been formulated using FibreBond technology – a process which involves the addition of fibre particles for superior non-slip properties and thixotropic behaviour.

Completing the range of ProFlex CSA – a Calcium Sulphate Aluminate based adhesive for compatibility with calcium sulphate substrates. This compatibility ensures low tension throughout the curing process without the need for barrier primers.

Every floor tiles adhesive in the UltraTileFix range is available in a 20kg contractor-friendly bag, features a handy selection table, which makes choosing the perfect product swift and easy, and boasts a lifetime guarantee – giving you complete confidence that UltraTileFix products are designed to last.

Manufacturing premium products and delivering first-class service has always been at the heart of Instarmac. With this in mind, Instarmac were delighted to receive the ‘Excellent in Supply and Services’ award at the 2018 TTA Awards.

For further information on the UltraTileFix’s range of premium adhesives, or for further assistance on selecting the perfect adhesive for you, please contact  the UltraTileFix team by email or by calling 01827 254402.

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UltraFloor creates new living space

Aiken Flooring Contracts Limited have used UltraFloor Prime IT Multi-surface Primer, Patch IT and Level IT Two to complete subfloor preparation at an exciting housing development in Newcastle.

Built in the 1970s, Regent Centre has housed the regional headquarters of some of the UK’s most well-known organisations including Virgin Money, HM Revenue and Customs and the DVLA. As part of an exciting new development, Northumbria House, one of the buildings that make up Regent Centre, has been converted from an office block to an eight-storey apartment building.

The 4,000m² concrete subfloor was in poor condition and required a significant amount of work to make it suitable to receive the chosen floor covering. With over 43 years of experience in commercial, industrial and domestic environments, CFA member Aiken Flooring Contracts Limited were the perfect contractor to complete the project.

Before levelling began, Aiken Flooring Contracts Limited used Patch IT to repair any areas of damaged concrete. Patch IT is a rapid drying repair mortar ideal for repairing small cracks in walls and floors and concrete stair edges.

Patch IT boasts a slump free formulation which maintains its profile and is smoother to trowel. With a coverage of 3.2m² at 2mm, an open time of 10 minutes and a set time of just 20 minutes, Patch IT is a product you really don’t want to be without!

In preparation for the application of Level IT Two levelling compound, the concrete substrate was primed using UltraFloor Prime IT Multi-surface Primer. This moisture tolerant, water based acrylic primer is suitable for porous and non-porous substrates and has been designed to enhance the adhesion of all UltraFloor smoothing underlayments.

Prime IT Multi-surface Primer has been formulated to reduce pinholing, minimising the risk of costly failures, and with a coverage of 200m² at 3:1 dilution, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is a must-have product for all flooring installation projects. Watch an application video of Prime IT Multi-surface Primer.

To complete the project, Aiken Flooring Contracts Limited chose UltraFloor’s most popular floor leveller – Level IT Two. The exceptional flow characteristics of Level IT Two smoothing underlayment make it a very easy material to apply to a variety of subfloors in both commercial and domestic flooring projects.

What’s more, because Level IT Two is available as a two component system, it takes the guesswork out of mixing, reducing site errors and guaranteeing a perfect application every time.

For further information on Patch IT, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer, Level IT Two and the other materials in UltraFloor’s subfloor preparation range, please visit ultra-floor.co.uk. For pricing enquiries or to place an order, please contact the UltraFloor sales team by email or by calling 01827 254402.

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What is ECO?

UltraCrete Instaband ECO® boasts a number of high performance qualities, however, the environmental credential of this HAPAS approved thermoplastic overbanding is what really sets it apart from anything else available on the market.

One of the largest components of any overbanding tape is the binder material that holds each of the elements together. More often than not, binder is manufactured from natural sources that cannot be replenished – an issue we should all be concerned about. Instaband ECO® is different! More than 70% of its binder material is made from renewable sources, helping to lessen the pressure on the country’s natural reserves.

Manufactured using 100% recycled glass particles to help deliver an impressive Skid Resistance Value (SRV) of 60, UltraCrete Instaband ECO® is also phthalate free. This dangerous chemical has received huge press coverage over recent months, after researchers linked phthalates to asthma, obesity, Type II Diabetes and even some forms of cancer – a worrying thought for anyone who regularly comes in to contact with the chemical.

What’s more, all coloured pigments used in UltraCrete Instaband ECO® are 100% organic.

It goes without saying that the environmental credentials of Instaband ECO® are significant, but let’s not forget the high performance qualities this thermoplastic overbanding can also provide.

HAPAS Approved since 2012, UltraCrete Instaband ECO® has been designed for the application to asphalt roads to prevent water ingress and progressive fretting, helping to prolong the life of your repair by eliminating two major causes of failed reinstatements.

Open to traffic in just 10 minutes, keeping costly traffic management and disruption to a minimum, Instaband ECO® can be cut to your exact requirements, eliminating waste.

Can your current provider do the same?

For further information on Instaband ECO® and the other materials in UltraCrete’s trusted and proven highway maintenance range, please contact their team of technical experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Source: TheGuardian.com

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The Artistry of Drylining

Drylining is the art of creating walls and rooms in a building, holding pipes and wires, forming space for insulation and smoothing out uneven surfaces during renovation work – all of which require an experienced Dryliner to complete them.

Drylining is a highly skilled job that can take years to learn and an artistry that is often underrated. If done incorrectly, drylining looks terrible and can cause structural problems for a building. These are just two reasons why it can take years for accomplished Dryliners to hone their specialist skills.

As part of their training, Dryliners learn how to measure and cut plasterboard to the right size and angle, fix boards to ceiling joints using specialist studs, cut boards to fit perfectly around doorways, as well as learning how to tape over joints both by hand and taping machine – skills which sound easy on paper but are much more difficult to master in real life situations.

Whilst it can take time to master the artistry of drylining, the benefits of these skills are limitless. Your clients will have the confidence that their new walls and rooms will have a long lasting, professional finish whilst at the same time, eliminating any concerns about cracks in the plaster appearing in the future.

When these highly tuned skills are teamed with first class joint filler and finishing compound products the results really are second-to-none.

prem filler plasterboard joint filler is an ideal, and reliable choice for bedding and filling tapes. This plaster-based compound has been developed to provide the strength that’s needed when bedding tapes on external corners.

Available in contractor friendly 12.5kg bags, prem filler boasts a working time of 60-90 minutes – enough time for you to complete the job at hand – and is fast setting for early sanding allowing you to move on to your next project quickly.

prem filler’s perfect partner is prem finish plasterboard finishing compound. Suitable for the finishing of all plasterboard joints, prem finish is easy to apply and provides a seamless feathered finish for easy and professional over painting.

The advanced formula of prem filler and prem finish  ensures both products have excellent workability and dry smooth for effortless sanding – elbow grease definitely isn’t required here! What’s more, both products have minimal or no shrinkage so you can be assured that once the material is in, it won’t crack or come out.

Did you know the Wondertex Drylining range also includes three specialist tapes? They have tapes for creating robust corner joints, reinforcing joints and angles and for plasterboard crack and hole repairs.

prem filler and prem finish are the ideal products for all professional and expert Dryliners. For further information on Wondertex’s Drylining range, their specialist tapes and the other materials in their internal finishing range, please email wondertex@instarmac.co.uk or call 01827 254402.

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Minimise your possession time with rail maintenance solutions from UltraCrete

UltraCrete, part of the multi award-winning Instarmac Group plc, is home to a portfolio of contractor-friendly repair and maintenance products for the rail sector. UltraCrete’s product offering is ideal for a range of applications including the installation of signals, signposts and street furniture, the maintenance of kerbs and sleepers as well as repairs to car parks, concourses and crossings. The materials in their Rail Refurbishment Solutions range have all been independently tested and are proven to provide fast setting and time savings advantages.

UltraCrete’s list of repair products is extensive with a number approved for use on the London Underground and Overground. Their products have been used all around the world for over 40 years with many achieving the HAPAS seal of approval – an independent, nationally recognised, third party system of approval supported by the Highways Technical Advisory Committee. The scheme provides the supply chain with the confidence and peace of mind that they are using products from a trusted, reliable and expert source.

For the fast, efficient installation of heavy duty posts and for repairs to concrete sleepers, choose UltraCrete’s HAPAS approved QC10 F flowable fast set rapid strength concrete. Fibre modified for added strength, QC10 F achieves a 20N/mm² compressive strength after just 90 minutes, is  easy to mix and literally pour from the bucket facilitating a speedy application.

These were just some of the reasons why QC10 F flowable concrete was used to carry out track repairs to sections of the LUAS Tram Line in Dublin. LUAS is a state-of-the-art Light Rail transport system that provides passengers with a high-capacity service that is fast, frequent and reliable. Opened in 2004, the LUAS Tram Line transports 30 million passengers every year across 54 stations and 23.7 miles of track.

A section of the embedded track concrete shoulder, adjacent to the road surface, had become damaged after the installation material had failed. Maintenance engineers, Civic Group Ltd, used QC10 F to complete the reinstatement overnight during a window of just 4 hours – ensuring minimal disruption to the tram line and its commuters. Existing material was broken out before QC10 F was poured into the void around the girder rails. The site was re-opened within the allotted window thanks to the material’s rapid setting properties.

UltraCrete’s Rail Refurbishment range also includes Instant Road Repair. Ideal for first time reinstatements around access covers in station car parks and other bituminous areas, Instant Road Repair has been independently tested and is proven to provide a permanent repair in all weathers – even in wet and freezing temperatures. Instantly trafficable, with no special preparation, Instant Road Repair is the ideal repair product for sites where disruption is not an option!

This was ideal for Premier Rail who used Instant Road Repair to install and repair level crossing systems for key clients such as Babcock Rail and Amey Sersa. The project was part of ongoing maintenance and included the installation of signs, signals, track and access platforms as well as reinstating safety lines.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® cold lay asphalt 10mm grade was used for surface repairs around a number of rail tracks. The easy work formula enables patches to be filled with ease with effortless compaction once in-situ. What’s more, Instant Road Repair is available in 25kg resealable buckets, meaning the lid can be popped back on  and remaining material used another day, eliminating any waste and helping budgets stretch further.

The project also involved the installation of signals and signposts. This was carried out using Post Fix rapid hardening concrete – another London Underground and Overground approved product in UltraCrete’s Rail Refurbishment Solutions range. Post Fix is a 10mm concrete formulated for sub-surface use and fast installation. Combining strength and durability, Post Fix significantly reduces the likelihood of movement damage – eliminating costly repeat visits – sets in 15 minutes and achieves a final compressive strength of 41N/mm².

On completion of the project, David Claridge, Director at Premier Rail, commented: “UltraCrete products are easy to work with, convenient to store, with a great shelf life!”

The range also includes a selection of high performance bedding mortars. UltraCrete’s M45 rapid strength bedding mortar is the ideal choice for bedding platform coping and kerbs. Opened to traffic in just 45 minutes, M45 helps you keep downtime to an absolute minimum.

For the reinstatement of linear drainage and ironwork in areas exposed to extreme trafficking, use UltraCrete Envirobed HA104® bedding mortar. An environmentally friendly alternative to resin based materials, Envirobed HA104® can be used in the wet weather and in temperatures as low as 1°C – no more delays due to poor weather conditions!

Eliminate vandalism to concrete repairs with UltraCrete QC6 rapid set surfacing concrete. Ideal for the surface reinstatement of ‘picture frames’ and around access covers, QC6 sets in just 15 minutes, so by the time your tools and any traffic management have been packed away, the concrete will have set meaning there’s no time for anyone to walk over it and cause any damage.

Some may be surprised to discover that UltraCrete’s Rail Refurbishment Solutions range also includes BS 7533 compliant eco-bed fine bedding mortar and Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout.

Projects incorporating BS 7533 compliant materials benefit from a reduction in failures and considerable whole life cost savings. UltraScape’s eco-bed and Flowpoint have been independently and rigorously tested by UKAS accredited laboratories to access their performance capabilities. This removes the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers a minimum construction life of 40 years – all appealing features for UK’s premier concrete frame contractors, MPB Structures Ltd. who used eco-bed and Flowpoint as part of the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station.

The long awaited renovation of Birmingham New Street station was transformed what was previously a dark, overcrowded site with poor access for passengers, into a prestigious gateway to the UK’s second city. Highlights include more space and better facilities for commuters, brighter and clearer platforms, a stunning new station facade and a grand concourse enclosed by a light filled atrium.

The project included reinstating existing station platforms as well as installing new structures, hardscaping around the station perimeter and creating Birmingham’s ‘Spanish Steps’ –  the latter of which was installed using eco-bed fine bedding mortar and Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout.

Construction was carried out in difficult circumstances as the station was fully operational throughout the project. Flowpoint grout was the ideal choice as its rapid setting properties enable areas to be open to foot traffic in just 1 hour, keeping downtime and disruption to a minimum. Simple to use, requiring only the addition of water on-site, it is poured over the entire area and washed clean, filling all joints evenly, without staining.

UltraScape eco-bed provided a perfect bound base for the pavers. It can be laid up to 75mm in one pass, with greater achievable using successive layers. The fast strength gain of eco-bed allows pedestrian areas to be trafficked in as little as 12 hours.

With all these products on offer, choose UltraCrete for cost-effective, fast track, rail approved materials that are proven to minimise your possession time. For further information on UltraCrete’s rail compliant products, or to book a free product demonstration, please contact UltraCrete’s team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Download a free copy of UltraCrete’s Rail Refurbishment Solutions brochure.

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£100 million – is it enough?

In March 2018. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced a further £100 million would be given to local authorities in an attempt to repair dangerous potholes caused by this year’s freezing and wet winter.

At the announcement, Grayling commented: “We are giving councils even more funding to help repair their roads so all road users can enjoy their journeys without having to dodge potholes”. The intention is  that this extra funding will repair approximately 2 million potholes across the country’s road network and protect our roads from any future damage. However, with roads deteriorating, and potholes appearing at a faster rater than ever before, is it enough?

One way to help budgets stretch further is to only use pothole repair materials that are proven to provide first time permanent repairs and UltraCrete’s range of cold lay asphalts have been designed to do just that.

Tough Patch® Rapid hybrid pothole repair and Instant Road Repair 6mm and 10mm cold lay asphalts, have each been rigorously and thoroughly tested by an independent third party and are proven to provide a first time permanent repair, eliminating costly repeat visits to the same site and helping budgets stretch further.

Quick and easy to apply, Tough Patch® Rapid and Instant Road Repair can be used to repair defects in pavements, driveways, car parks and on high speed roads – they even provide first time permanent repairs in wheel turning locations such as junctions, traffic lights and roundabouts.

Ready to use straight from the bag or bucket, UltraCrete’s range of cold lay asphalts, require no special preparation and can be trafficked instantly, meaning costly traffic management can be removed swiftly, keeping costs to a minimum, and allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly, increasing productivity.

What’s more, Tough Patch® Rapid and UltraCrete’s Instant Road Repair 6mm and 10mm grades are now available in pioneering new packaging. Made from foil and complete with an integrated valve to draw out excess air, this premium packaging is completely waterproof and keeps asphalt as fresh as the day it was manufactured.

The innovative one-way valve also ensures that, once filled with product, air doesn’t become trapped inside and packaging won’t pop open when in transit.

UltraCrete’s state-of-the-art packaging provides a barrier against external moisture and air penetration preventing the product from deteriorating, resulting in an extremely pliable product which pours easily from the bag and boasts improved mobility during application – even in the winter months!

This robust bag has greater resistance to damage and has an extended shelf life of 6 months – all at no extra cost to their loyal customers.

To prolong the life of your repair, apply SCJ seal and tack spray to all vertical edges and surface base before the application of asphalt, and Instaband ECO thermoplastic overbanding to the edges of the repair once the asphalt has been compacted.

Both products are HAPAS approved and have been designed to prevent water ingress and progressive fretting – two major causes of failed reinstatements. The addition of these products guarantees a prolonged repair and significantly reduced whole life costs.

For further information on how UltraCrete can help your budget stretch further by using Tough Patch® Rapid and Instant Road Repair 6mm and 10mm grades, please contact their team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Source: Gov.uk

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UltraCrete gets a Royal seal of approval

Shortly after the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was announced in November 2017, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead voted and agreed to bring forward a budget of £2.6 million for improvement works  ahead of the Royal Wedding – a project UltraCrete are very proud to have been involved in.

Over 18 million Brits tuned in on the 19th May hoping for a glimpse of the bride-to-be. Who can forget the touching scenes as the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex emerged from St George’s Chapel and made their way to the regal Ascot Landau Carriage for an open top Royal procession through the streets of Windsor.

As the sun shone down on the happy couple in their charming carriage, pulled along by four handsome Windsor Grey Horses and flanked by the Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Windsor had never looked more glorious.

In preparation for the wedding of the year, a number of improvements were made to  the Royal Borough of Windsor – improvements that will last for years to come.

Part of the improvements involved the installation of signs and repairs to a number of footways – essential work for ensuring the safety of over 100,000 people who lined the streets of Windsor to join in with the celebrations.

Volker Highways, the chosen contractor for this project, used UltraCrete RSC rapid setting concrete and Post Fix rapid hardening concrete to complete the repairs.

Fast setting with an early high strength gain, RSC rapid setting concrete was the perfect choice for the footway repairs which included kerb and surface concrete repairs as well as bedding slabs. Available in contractor friendly 20kg units, RSC is opened to traffic in just 1 hour, allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly, making it ideal for projects with a quick turnaround, such as this one.

Post Fix provided the perfect professional grade concrete for the installation of a number of signs throughout Windsor. Formulated for sub-surface use and the fast installation of posts, signs, fences, speed cameras and street lighting, Post Fix is fast setting and boasts an impressive compressive strength of 41N/mm² – vital for a permanent installation.

UltraCrete materials have been tried, trusted and used throughout Windsor for a number of years, making RSC and Post Fix an obvious choice for this once in a lifetime project.

For further information on RSC, Post Fix and the other materials in UltraCrete’s range of highway repair and maintenance solutions, please contact their team of technical experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Source: Windsor Express

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Instarmac keeps traffic moving at busy Gold Mining Camp

Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® and SCJ seal and tack coat spray have been used to repair potholes at The Black Fox Complex, part of the established Timmins Gold Mining Camp in Matheson, Northern Ontario.

After a number of failed installations, with some only lasting a few weeks, McEwen Mining Inc. had been looking for a pothole repair product that would outperform the current methods used.

The Black Fox Complex is heavily trafficked by mining vehicles all day, every day. The site is also littered with particularly vulnerable areas, such as passing points and areas of turning. The freezing winters and hot summer months, heavy good vehicles and wear and tear of already weakened spots, meant that McEwen Mining Inc. had struggled to find a pothole repair material that would provide a permanent solution in these extreme conditions.

After careful consideration, and research into alternative repair methods, McEwen Mining Inc. chose to install Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® across The Black Fox Complex.

Da-Lee Pavement Products, Instarmac’s Canadian partner and provider of Dust Control services to McEwen Mining Inc., supplied Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® and SCJ seal and tack coat spray for the repairs.

Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® is a first time permanent pothole repair which has been continuously developed over the past 40 years and used all around the world with excellent results. It is being used on a daily basis in all climates, from the snow bound island of Hokkaido in Japan, to the tropical monsoon hit roads of Malaysia, in the freezing cold Scandinavian winters, the heat of the Namibian desert and the temperate climates of Europe.

There are many cold lay asphalt repair products available, but Instarmac backs up its technical claims. Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger the more traffic travels over it, making it perfect for heavily trafficked roads and areas of vehicle turning and braking – the perfect repair product for busy sites such as this one.

Applied in 3 easy steps, Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® can be applied in all weathers including hot, wet and cold – it can even be used in freezing temperatures. This innovative material has been independently tested by the British Board of Agrément and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time instant and permanent pothole repairs.

“Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® is so good that we have not had to do any more repairs. We have hauled about 700,000 tons over it and it is like the day we put it in” Glenn Elliott, Surface Superintendent.

Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® and SCJ are available in Ontario, Canada through Da-Lee Dust Control. To contact Da-Lee please call 905 643 1135 or visit www.daleegroup.com.

For further information on Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® and SCJ please contact Instarmac’s International Sales Team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402 or emailing international@instarmac.com. You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by connecting with them on LinkedIn.

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What is BREEAM?

With virgin aggregates and natural resources plummeting at a frightening rate and environmental targets for construction projects becoming more common, ensuring schemes are developed and built for a sustainable future has never been more important – a cause BREEAM have always been passionate about.

Launched in 1990 and recognised internationally, BREEAM is the ‘world’s leading sustainability assessment method for all master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings’.

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environment Assessment Method) ‘recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle’ and uses independent third parties to evaluate a scheme’s environment, social and economic performance.

With a desire to protect natural resources, BREEAM has a number of sustainability goals every project should strive and work towards and provides guidance and assistance on how to achieve the targets set out.

With evidence that ‘BREEAM certified developments are more sustainable and enhance the wellbeing of the people who live and work in them’, it is unsurprising that achieving a BREEAM certification is high on the list of priorities for architects and designers.

BREEAM assessments take place at any stage of a project and are carried out by independent and licenced BREEAM assessors. The impartial surveyors measure sustainability across a number of categories to ensure a project meets the quality and performance standards of the BREEAM scheme.

These categories were developed to reflect some of today’s most important issues such as carbon emissions, durability and adaption to climate change. If an assessor believes a project has met one of BREEAM’s goals, they are rewarded with credits. Once the project has completed, all credits are added together to award the project with its overall certification. The stars featured on the certificate (1 star for a Pass – 5 stars for Outstanding) reflect the performance achieved by the project and provides reassurance to customers, clients, users and stakeholders that the project is one of quality and value.

The areas in which BREEAM assess sustainability include energy, health and wellbeing, innovation, land use, management, pollution, transport, waste, water and materials – it is the latter where UltraScape can help you make a difference.

UltraScape understands the importance of sustainable building solutions and  that is why all product development is geared around delivering sustainable solutions for today’s BREEAM requirements. They are constantly investing in research to continuously reduce their use of raw materials by testing new recycled materials.

With this in mind, UltraScape’s team of technical experts enhanced the formulation of their world renowned bedding mortar, Pro-Bed HS, and flowable grout, Flowpoint, to create Pro-Bed HS ECO and Flowpoint ECO – mortar paving products with a difference!

Launched over 20 years ago, Pro-Bed HS ECO and Flowpoint ECO have each been tested by an independent UKAS accredited laboratory and are proven to exceed the strict requirements set out in British Standard 7533. What’s more, both products contain 20% recycled material which means that for every 1,000m² of paving bedded and jointed using Pro-Bed HS ECO and Flowpoint ECO, 12 tonnes of recycled material will be used (based on 30mm bed depth, 10mm joint width and stone size of 600 x 400 x 50mm). This vastly reduces the use of virgin aggregates and helps towards achieving an Outstanding BREEAM certification.

The benefits of using UltraScape Pro-Bed HS ECO and Flowpoint ECO don’t stop there. Discover why you should use UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System on your next project.

For further information on BREEAM and how UltraScape can help you achieve this prestigious certification, please contact UltraScape’s team of technical experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Source: BREEAM