We don't always wave our green, environment-friendly flag, but Xypex, and its family of crystalline concrete waterproofing products have always had a warm relationship with their surroundings. Being There in more than seventy countries for more than forty years has given us a global understanding of environmental standards and expectations. We continue to support programs like ISO and building-rating systems like LEED that reinforce product quality, corporate responsibility and today's environmental concerns. To Xypex, Being There and Being Green are ongoing commitments.
Energy efficiency, material selection, minimizing site impact, and VOC reduction – these are the 'green' benefits that non-toxic Xypex products provide the construction world and the pursuit of environmental sustainability.
Material and Labor Reduction
Xypex Crystalline Waterproofing can be used as a concrete admixture thus eliminating the labor required to install membranes or coatings and significantly lowering costs and material requirements.
Concrete waterproofed with Xypex crystalline products (coatings, dryshake or admix) is fully recyclable whereas concrete which has an adhered membrane cannot be recycled.
Unlike membranes and other surface coatings, Xypex Crystalline Waterproofing cannot be punctured or damaged during backfilling and does not deteriorate over time.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Xypex Crystalline Waterproofing contains no VOCs. This compares favorably with fluid applied membranes which contain significant amounts of VOCs.
Atmospheric CO2 Reduction
Because cement production is a substantial contributor of atmospheric CO2, finding ways of reducing cement consumption is critical. High fly ash and slag replacement in the concrete mix design has gained much popularity. Xypex Admix C-500 waterproofing admixture is an effective waterproofing product in concrete with high fly ash content and slag cements. This allows for the use of high replacement mix designs.
Xypex Contributes to the following LEED Credits Materials and Resources
MR Credit 2.1
Construction Waste Management
Divert construction, demolition and land-clearing debris from disposal in landfills and incinerators. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process. Xypex packaging is 100% recyclable and can therefore be included in the Waste Management Plan under recyclables.
MR Credit 5.1
Regional Materials 10% (up to 20%) Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally (1 or 2 Point(s))
Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the project, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation. Xypex products are manufactured in Richmond, BC, Canada.
Indoor Environmental Quality
EQ Credit 4.2
Low Emitting Materials Paints and Coatings (1 Point)
Reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well being of installers and occupants. Xypex products contain zero VOCs.
Innovation & Design Process
ID Credit 1-1.4
Innovation in Design (1-4 Points)
Exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED for New Construction Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED for New Construction Green Building Rating System.