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Project1_Layout 1 07/05/2013 FLAT ROOFING & WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS Social housing refurbishment requires sufficient and detailed planning during the specification stage to ensure budget and time constraints are adhered to. In addition, the health and safety implications of contractors being on-site and any potential disruption for residents is also a key factor to consider. With many projects needing to accommodate a high number of residents in-situ during repair works, it’s important to ensure the products and systems that are chosen and installed by contractors, avoid any unnecessary disturbance without compromising the specification or installation quality. For contractors working in collaboration with a county council, certain design elements will need to be taken into consideration during the specification stage. In the case of the Shore Street housing complex in Buckhaven, Scotland, which is managed by Fife Council, a quick yet durable solution was required to refurbish the external terrace areas as water was penetrating through into residents’ garages and properties below. Not only did Fife Council require a robust waterproofing solution to avoid having to invest in these repairs again in the near future, but a quick and easy-to-apply system was essential, due to the building still being occupied during the works. In addition to this, an aesthetically pleasing finish to the waterproofing resin was required, which still meet budget limitations, as the terraces are outdoor with trafficked areas used daily by the residents. Now the refurbishment is complete, the residents in Buckhaven can appreciate their communal areas once more, thanks to a coldapplied liquid waterproofing and surfacing solution from Kemper System. So why was such a solution specified, and what were the installation challenges on-site? Key contractor considerations With the specification requirements in mind, DeeBee Specialist Maintenance Contractors chose Kemper System’s cold liquid applied Kemperol 2K-PUR waterproofing solution, together with the compatible Kemperdur TC slip-resistant surfacing system to repair eight of the communal areas in need of refurbishment – totalling 456m2. Thanks to its solvent-free and odourless qualities, Brian Boos, director at DeeBee, explained why Kemper System was specified. He said: “Kemperol 2K-PUR and Kemperdur TC were an ideal choice for the refurbishment works 072 MARCH 2018 RCIMAG.COM Keeping homes dry Stuart Hicks, marketing manager at Kemper System, explains the key challenges and solutions during the refurbishment of a social housing development in Scotland at the occupied housing blocks, minimising any potential disruption to residents. “Once we surveyed the affected areas we submitted a refurbishment specification to Fife Council, which involved using Kemperol 2K-PUR to refurbish the terraces which were suffering from severe water ingress. It was a clear choice for us as we needed a quick and easy installation solution, yet with the durable qualities to keep whole-life costs down. “Because the system is also extremely versatile, we knew that specifying Kemperol 2K-PUR would provide a sound waterproofing solution for many years, as the roller-applied system can be used on virtually any waterproofing project – including terraces.” Installation quality Contractors first removed the existing hard landscaping to expose the concrete substrate on each of the terrace areas. Once the surfaces were cleaned and primed, operatives then The Kemperdur TC surfacing system which incorporates a coloured quartz finish was then installed, providing a robust slip resistant surface finish The Kemperol 2K-PUR resin was applied in a single wet-on-wet process


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