Vancouver, B.C. – Kryton International Inc. announced today that its innovative crystalline concrete waterproofing admixture, Krystol™ Internal Membrane (KIM™), is the first concrete admixture to be certified by the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) as a Chemical Admixture Used in Concrete (AC198). ICC-ES is a non-profit U.S. organization that reviews and evaluates building products, materials and methods to ensure they comply with the 2003 International Building Code and the 1997 Uniform Building Code.
“We’re pleased that KIM has been accepted and certified by the ICC-ES as being non-detrimental to concrete,” said Kari Yuers, President & CEO, Kryton International Inc. “Kryton works hard to be an industry leader and we’re excited that KIM is the first product of its type to receive ICC-ES approval.”
Utilizing Kryton’s proprietary Krystol technology, the KIM admixture turns porous concrete into a permanent waterproof barrier and eliminates the need for physical waterproofing membrane systems. When mixed with concrete, Krystol creates a chemical reaction that causes small, needle-like crystals to grow and fill the spaces between concrete particles, permanently blocking the movement of water and waterborne contaminants. When cracks form in concrete, Krystol reacts with incoming water to grow additional crystals that self-seal the cracks, eliminating the need for costly maintenance and repairs.
Yuers says that to obtain ICC-ES approval, KIM underwent a rigorous two-year review and evaluation to demonstrate that the product does not negatively impact concrete’s compressive/flexural strength, shrinkage rate or freeze-thaw resistance. In fact, key test results showed that adding KIM improved freeze-thaw resistance and that KIM concrete had greater compressive and flexural strength than control concrete. Tests also showed that KIM concrete displayed less shrinkage than the control concrete mix.
The complete ICC-ES report (ESR-1515) on Krystol Internal Membrane is available free of charge here to building regulators, contractors, specifiers, architects and engineers and others with an interest in building and construction.
“Although Krystol technology has been successfully used worldwide for thirty years, we know that customers value the reassurance that comes from third-party endorsements like the ICC-ES report,” said Yuers. “With more and more customers insisting on using only ICC-ES-accepted building materials and processes, this certification will enable Kryton to compete more effectively within the marketplace.”
For more information about the ICC-ES, visit: www.icc-es.org or call (562) 699-0543.
For more information about Krystol Internal Membrane, visit www.kryton.com or call 1-800-267-8280.