Glossary of terms ABEP web_logo

ALBEDO – The proportion of the incident light or radiation that is reflected by a surface

CODEMARKis the name of the scheme for the certification of building products in Australia and New Zealand. The scheme has been developed by the Australian Building Codes Board in Australia and the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment (previously Department of Building and Housing) in New Zealand.

The scheme is designed to provide high level confidence that building products, correctly used in either Australia or New Zealand, will meet or contribute to the meeting of, the relevant Building Code ‘performance requirements’. Building control authorities are required to accept a CodeMark Certificate by law.

ISOCYANATEa salt or ester of isocyanic acid

MSCP – Marine Specialty Coating Products.

PERMEABLE in terms of our Blue Barrier products – of a material or membrane allowing air molecules but not water molecules to pass through it.

POLYETHER – Ethers are a class of organic compounds that contain an ether group.

OLIGOMER – a polymer whose molecules consist of relatively few repeating units.

SHORE HARDNESS – may be defined as a material’s resistance to permanent indentation.

STPE – Silyl Terminated Polyether which are made up of polypropylene oxide polyethers, which are terminated with hydrolyzable dimethoxysilyl groups.

SUBSTRATE An underlying substance or layer, examples – concrete, steel, timber, tile, stone….

THERMOSET having the property of becoming permanently solid when cured

THIXOTROPIC is shear thinning property

TPO – Thermoplastic polyolefin single-ply roofing membrane.

VOC Volatile organic compounds are organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary room temperature. Their high vapour pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate or sublimate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air.

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