This year marks the 50th anniversary of the BBA (British Board of Agrément). IKO PLC is proud to report that the first certificate awarded by the organisation was to its Hyload Damp Proof Course (DPC) in 1967, shortly after the BBA was established. The BBA has presented IKO with a copy of the first certificate alongside the most recent certificate from 2015.
‘BBA certification is recognised throughout the construction industry as a symbol of excellence and reassurance,’ says IKO UK Group Managing Director Andy Williamson. ‘It’s a third-party, independent guarantee of performance and we are delighted to celebrate this milestone with the BBA.’
IKO Supply Chain Director, David Foster comments: ‘In its five-decade history of BBA certification, the Hyload DPC system has continued to provide a robust solution for a vast array of building types and is a product that can be relied upon for quality and durability. From traditional brick/block, SIPs, concrete frame, steel frame, low-rise and high-rise – Hyload Original DPC damp proofs them all.’
The IKO Hyload Original DPC system, as it is now known, is a highly flexible polymeric damp proofing material. It is installed as a Damp Proof Course to prevent rising damp or as a site-formed cavity tray material above any elements in the wall that bridge the cavity eg lintels, brickwork support angles, fire barriers, etc.
When correctly specified and installed IKO Hyload Original provides an effective barrier against water and water vapour, and in normal circumstances, it will remain effective for the lifetime of the building.
Manufactured in the UK by IKO PLC to the standards ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management) and BES 6001 (responsible sourcing of products), IKO Hyload Original is compatible with other IKO waterproofing products as well as most commonly used construction materials, and is widely available as a stock item in builders’ merchants.
John Albon, BBA Head of Approvals (Construction Products), added: ‘IKO’s continued development of its Hyload Damp Proof Course system has ensured that BBA Agrément Certification has been maintained since the issue of the original Certificate in 1967. Hyload has of course evolved over the years – to keep up the changes in Building Regulations and Standards – and we look forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of continuous BBA Certification for this product next year.’