Icopal Launches Decra Noxite To Combat Air Pollution

Icopal Launches Decra Noxite To Combat Air Pollution


Combining the durability and lightweight design of the popular Decra Classic tile with the de-polluting technology of the Noxite membrane, Icopal now offers the best of both worlds with its new Decra Noxite tile. This enables the roofs of buildings to benefit from the aesthetics of Decra roof tiles, which have been developed to resemble traditional roof tiles, whilst at the same time making a positive difference to the surrounding environment.

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and Nitric Oxide (NO) are together referred to as NOx. This is an air pollutant and a particular problem in urban areas, where NOx is created during fuel combustion in car engines. NOx can also react to form smog and acid rain, as well as ground level ozone, which are also pollutants. As a result, serious respiratory illnesses that reduce life expectancy can occur, so it is no surprise that tackling air quality is high on the agenda for governments and local authorities.

Icopal recognised the continued demand from the construction industry for guidance on how it can reduce the environmental impact of their projects and make a positive contribution to the surrounding areas. It introduced the flat roofing membrane, Noxite, in 2010. Since then, Noxite has been installed on many sites and continues to convert NOx pollution into harmless nitrates, as validated by the BBA (British Board of Agrément).

Now a similar effect can be achieved by the installation of a Decra roof tile to meet design requirements, too. The appearance of Decra Noxite looks similar to some types of concrete tiles, but has been proven to outweigh their performance on robustness and weather security over the past four decades. Decra roof tiles also outperform other lightweight roof systems. Much like the Decra Classic tile, the new Decra Noxite tile is totally dry fixed throughout and contoured to provide a strong, interlocking roof covering.

Other benefits that are identical to the original tile include its lighter weight, speed of installation and reduced transportation costs. These have proven to be significant advantages for modular construction. With installation time being significantly faster than traditional roof tiles, labour costs are reduced too, meaning that it won’t cost any more to give something back to the environment.

Mike Leigh of Icopal commented on the new offering, saying, “We have combined two popular products, so we are confident that they will be the perfect pairing of aesthetics and de-polluting technology, without compromising performance. The design of the tiles, which will be familiar to those who have worked with the Decra side of the business, makes them ideal for modular construction, as well as more traditional pitched roofing projects.

“For modular construction, the complete roof structure can be assembled on the ground and craned into position, so there are health and safety advantages, too. There can be less time working at height for the roofing contractors and there is no harmful dust produced during cutting with Decra tools. This means that there is no need for dust suppression or wet cuts with Decra, unlike traditional pitched roof tiles, which is another cost and time saving.”

Decra Noxite tiles come with our unique 40 year insured guarantees.

For more information on Icopal's innovative Decra Noxite product range, visit www.decra.co.uk


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