Research indicates that cement production contributes to as much as eight percent of global CO2 emissions. An effective approach to address this issue is to increase the longevity of concrete structures. This way, we can spread out the associated CO2 emissions over a longer period, reducing the need for new concrete projects, ultimately decreasing future emissions.
Xypex Crystalline Technology extends the expected lifespan of concrete long beyond its planned service life. This, in turn, reduces the environmental impact associated with cement production.
In contrast to other waterproofing alternatives, our formulation contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) or chemicals that are on red-lists. This makes it the ideal choice for concrete structures, in both infrastructure and general construction. Xypex offers a waterproofing solution that aligns with the sustainability goals of the construction industry.
PHDs and EPDs
Product Health Declarations (PHD), also known as Health Product Declarations (HPD), and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are essential tools in sustainability, offering information about the health and environmental impacts of products and materials.
PHDs disclose potential health hazards within a product, focusing on chemicals of concern and aiding informed choices in construction and renovation.
On the other hand, EPDs provide comprehensive data on a product’s entire life cycle (cradle to grave), from raw materials to disposal, enabling assessments of factors like carbon emissions, water usage, and energy consumption. PHDs and EPDs play critical roles in green building certification programs, empowering stakeholders to make sustainable choices that align with environmental and health standards.
Xypex Product Health Declarations (PHDs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are now available online. These documents offer insight into the health and environmental aspects of Xypex products, enabling our customers and partners to make informed decisions.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is a globally recognized program that evaluates and validates sustainable and environmentally responsible building practices for new construction and existing buildings. It assigns credits to various aspects of a building’s design, construction, and operation, considering factors like energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, material selection, and innovation in design. The total credits earned determine the level of certification, which can range from Certified to Platinum. LEED Certification promotes environmentally friendly practices, reduces resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, lowers operating costs, and enhances property value, making it a sought-after standard for sustainable building practices.
Xypex Chemical Corporation supports building rating systems such as LEED. We are committed to energy efficiency, material selection, minimizing site impact, and VOC reduction. Including Xypex in the documentation for a LEED certified building project can help earn LEED credits in the categories of Material & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation & Design Process.
Material selection, minimizing site impact, and VOC reduction are the ‘green’ benefits that non-toxic Xypex products provide to the construction world and the pursuit of environmental sustainability.
Material & 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 (admix, coatings, or dry shake) is fully recyclable, whereas concrete with 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 to atmospheric CO2, finding ways of reducing cement consumption is critical. Xypex Admix C-500 waterproofing admixture is an effective waterproofing product in concrete with even high fly ash content and slag cement. This allows for the use of high-replacement mix designs.
Materials & Resources
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 be included in the Waste Management Plan under recyclables.
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
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
Innovation in Design (1 - 4 Points)
Building Products Disclosure and Optimization
Environmental Product Declarations (1 - 2 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.