Sustainable construction begins with an efficient building envelope. As the single largest building element, the building envelope or building shell separates the interior of the building from the external environment and includes the roof, walls, windows, glazing, floors and all the joints in between. A high-performance envelope must meet the project’s requirements for acoustic, thermal, structural, visual, air-quality, fire-resistant, watertight, temperature-control and aesthetic needs. Along with this great responsibility, the building envelope presents great opportunities to enhance sustainability and reduce the long-term costs of buildings throughout their life.
Sealants amount to approximately 1% of the construction costs of a typical large building project. In the case of water leakage, however, the renovation and repair costs are many times that of the initial installation. The building blocks of any construction, like the concrete slab, the glass facade element, the roofing membrane, the metal cover, etc., generally do not let water enter the building. It is at the joints where your building is weakest to leakage. Only correctly specified and professionally applied high-quality joint sealants will manage to keep your building sustainably tight during its entire lifespan.
In a globalized market with increased numbers of construction suppliers and material options, tighter budgets and higher requirements in energy efficiency and profitability, it is crucial to have a reliable and competent partner for the entire building envelope system. Sika has a holistic, inter-compatible portfolio of products that all work together to ensure the facade is air and watertight.
Sika Key Brands
- Sika Boom®
- Sika ThermoCoat®
Advantages of Sika
- Sika offers know-how and a broad range of solutions to meet all waterproofing requirements of your building, from basement to roof. The best waterproofing results are achieved when choosing all solutions from one brand.
- Building envelope sealants and structural glazing adhesives are some of Sika’s core businesses with a long tradition, top global references and sound expertise.
- Sika sealants have best-in-class handling properties. As a long-standing partner of applicators worldwide, they know what they need to do for a perfect job.
Sika is present locally in more than 100 countries, which allows them to bring their customers and their clients not only a proven range of products but additional services, such as wind load calculations, application training, CAD details, BIM objects and technical consultations, guarantees, etc. Sika is the only full-range materials supplier for materials used in concrete production, waterproofing, roofing, flooring, sealing, bonding, grouting, reinforcing, concrete repair and protection, structural glazing and more, for all types of buildings and civil engineer structures.