[image_0]In 2015 BASF presented the new Master Builders Solutions brand for the first time at the BAU trade fair. Visitors got an impression of the comprehensive portfolio encompassing concrete admixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for underground construction, waterproofing solutions, sealants, repair and protection solutions, performance grouts, and performance flooring solutions. In the field of flooring systems and wall coverings, BASF highlighted products from its MasterTop and Ucrete series: The functional and decorative MasterTop system solutions are extremely strong, attractive and durable. The product family is a group of versatile dry shake, cementitious, epoxy and polyurethane-based flooring systems that are suitable for decorative or industrial uses in a diverse range of sectors. The liquid-applied systems cure without any seams, creating a homogeneous surface that is strong and easy to clean; for applications in medical facilities, care and educational establishments, office and administrative buildings, shops, hotels and industrial facilities. According to BASF, for decades the Ucrete polyurethane concrete system has been setting standards as a high-strength industrial floor that is at the same time resistant to chemical, mechanical and thermal stresses. As these systems are non-tainting, Ucrete is said to be ideal for use in food and beverage production as well as in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Customised climate management Slentite is a unique high-capacity product based on an organic polyurethane aerogel. According to the manufacturer, it guarantees to provide insulation that is 25 - 50 % slimmer, excellent moisture regulation, stable, robust panels and a flexible scope of design. With a lambda value of <17 mW/(m×K), Slentite achieves the best insulation performance so far for a fabricated panel. Today´s standard insulation boards are in the region of 21 mW/(m×K) to 40 mW/(m×K), which means that Slentite is also extremely space-saving. With a compact strength of >300 kPa it is twice as robust as contemporary PU insulation panels. It is dust-free and can be very easily applied: sawing, milling, drilling and bonding are no problem. A pilot plant is being installed in order to produce sample quantities of the innovative material for special partners in 2015. Slentex is easy to use and a non-flammable inorganic aerogel. It is a significant innovation delivering extremely slim and highly efficient heat insulation. With a value of <19 mW/(m×K), Slentex has a considerably lower heat conductivity than conventional non-flammable insulation material. Building elements such as balconies, arbors, narrow entrances or even historical facades can be treated. As a flexible panel Slentex can be applied where other insulation materials reach their limits. This new high-performance insulation material opens up areas of application for building insulation as well as fulfilling high-energy and fire protection requirements. Slentex is currently in the last phase of development, says BASF. The product launch is planned for 2015. New solutions for surfaces and coastal protection Elastopave is a new concept for the construction of durable surfaces on squares and pathways. Mineral mixtures are combined with a polyurethane binder, producing stable water and air permeable covering layers. Rainwater seeps away easily without any additional drainage. Stable and more environmentally compatible than conventional solutions, easy to apply and offering a variety of design possibilities this material comprises integrated water management and a range of aesthetic options. Wherever the durability, cost and sustainable advantages of concrete are called for, Elastopave is the solution, says BASF. Revetments of Elastocoast provide a new effective coastal protection system. More precisely, they are formed from an aggregate (crushed rock) mechanically bonded with an environmentally compatible two-component polyurethane plastic. This mixture is applied to previously prepared dikes, slopes, breakwaters, and other sea- and freshwater shorelines. The outcome is a highly durable, strong and therefore secure bulwark against the waves and flooding. According to the manufacturer, Elastocoast makes coastlines safer and the PU system stands up even to the strongest waves. Protection against floods and nature conservation combined - that is how river bed solidification using Elastocoast works. Products which perform well along the coast and in river beds also have a lot to offer for use in mountain areas. Effective protection against avalanche and rock fall is provided with the Elastocoast system as this material helps to keep the forces of nature on track to avoid danger, says BASF.