The „non-toxic“ way is the goal – sealing concrete and stone floors with silicates/polysilicates in a non-toxic way – without synthetic resins, bitumen or silicones.
Resistance to moisture in concrete and stone floors. Are there other options/alternatives for sealing concrete? Silicates/polysilicates? Using poisons on the many construction sites during the working day and shopping at the organic supermarket in your spare time? Our experts are in demand. Let’s go new ways together and save CO2.
Reinforcement in „relatively“ new concrete (approx. 2 years) attacked. Property managers should finally be enlightened. Silicates/polysilicates refine the concrete.
Houses, flats and commercial properties are urgently needed all over Germany. Project developers, investors, builders are working flat out with engineers and architects to create new living space in Germany. In parallel, the federal government has set 2020/2021 „Bevorzugungspflicht für umweltfreundliche Erzeugnisse“, the „Mantelverordnung des Recyclings aller neu und verbauten Baustoffe“ and the „Lieferkettengesetz“ on the way. There is a drive against detoxification and de-chemicalisation in construction.
Newly poured concrete. Construction site in Berlin Mitte.
Until a house or even many flats are ready for occupancy, it is a journey of permits, building inspectorate approvals and an important question: Who assumes liability?
Construction in Berlin Neukölln – Herrmannstraße
Architects and civil engineers are „stuck“ in these structures and traditional DIN e.V. recommended guidelines. Not only is the company for which the professionals work liable – they are personally liable for the products installed. In case of violations and accidents, engineers have to defend themselves in court.
Buildings with the diversity and possibilities of concrete and steel – Architekt Hinrich Baller
This sets a dangerous cycle in motion. This is the „default“ path in Germany. Products have proven themselves. They are recommended by engineers for engineers. The alleged question of liability is thus apparently settled. Even beyond the usual 5 years.
The world keeps turning and internations engineers are on a different path. Non-toxic and above all more sustainable products have been developed over decades. Used in concrete pioneer countries, such as the United States, China and Australia. In Germany, as is well known, everything arrives decades later.
Climate-friendly and CO2-reducing – With silicates/polysilicates
In the Scandinavian countries, the desire for sustainability is more pronounced than in many other countries. A non-toxic sealing product based on silicates was developed in the 1960s. The question: How can concrete be sealed permanently and non-toxically? Can the concrete surface be sealed without film formation? How can the concrete be strengthened?
Saving CO2 – if concrete lasts longer and is maintenance-free, less CO2 is also consumed.
Through the recommendation of a builder friend, Ronny Lorenz (Sustainable Construction Swiss AG, higher-level administration organisation BER Berlin) I had the pleasure of meeting Sr. Chef Toni Schonfelder, KOMSOL Deutschland. The Swedish company produces, among other things, the product Innerseal. Developed in the 1960s and used to seal the concrete bases of Condeep-Plattformen in the 1970s, Innerseal still protects concrete from water, salts, chlorides and other toxins in the North Sea.
Since November 2020, I have been allowed to contribute to the implementation of the German website through my consultancy. It became comparatively an „intensive study“ of sealing concrete. As a PR Consulter and Blogger for sustainability, I was inspired. Not only about the product – no, also a big thank you to Toni Schonfelder for the information-rich time, enlightenment beyond the Berlin boulette horizon as well as Germany borders. Views from all countries. Research, acceptance and use of new products. What we Germans still find difficult – tolerance towards other standards and the quick introduction for the benefit of our community.
Another positive property: concrete’s own toxins can no longer escape after treatment with Innerseal
These properties make it interesting for clients all over the world. Companies, government agencies and institutional bodies commission the Komsol Group to seal concrete. To mention in particular – fish farms, drinking water operators and farmers are enthusiastic about Innerseal. The water, food and animals are permanently protected from toxins.
This must please our „bio-controlled“ fellow citizens. Organic fish, organic cereal products, organic meat and organic vegetables are in contact with concrete in industrial production. 24 hours a day – around the clock. With Innerseal, contact with many strong toxins is avoided. A nice thought.
Your Concierge Gerry and PR Consulter