An international manufacturer that specializes in producing a range of waterproof products used in the construction and engineering sectors, Drummondville, Que.-based Soprema conducts business in more than 80 countries worldwide.
Internationally headquartered in France since its founding in 1908, Soprema opened its doors to Canada 70 years later, in 1978, and today employs more than 360 people at its two major Canadian sites.
Focusing on the future of the construction sector, Soprema’s product supply highlights environmental protection and sustainability in manufacturing quality products to meet environmental regulations and ‘green’ initiatives.
Leading the waterproofing sector
One of the first organizations involved in roofing manufacturing to establish an Environmental Management Program, Soprema is ISO-14001 certified, recognized for its environmental management practices. The company was also the first of its kind as a modified bitumen manufacturer. Soprema manufactures and installs waterproofing membranes for many Canadian companies. Reads the company website, “Choosing Soprema means choosing reliability—a decision to be protected from any problem.”
In addition to manufacturing waterproofing products, Soprema aids in the development of forward-thinking green roof technology in a variety of roof building sectors. Soprema has emerged as the industry-leading experts, the frontrunners in the waterproof roofing field.
“This applies to Soprema production facilities worldwide,” reads the company website. “European research facilities are developing products made from renewable resources and recycled materials to reduce Soprema’s carbon footprint.”
Today, sustainability has emerged as a primary focus in the construction industry, however, it is a focus that has long been part of the Soprema mandate, even before it became mainstream. Soprema has worked to promote the benefits of sustainable roofing through a two-pronged approach of renewability and reusability.
“Make a roofing system last as long as possible to delay its removal to landfill for as long as possible and reduce the use of new resources and materials,” summarizes the Soprema website.
Soprema offers the highest of industry expertise from dozens of professionals. These technicians offer vital product information relating to product design, installation, maintenance, and roofing systems renovation. Clearly, Soprema has set the bar in the waterproofing industry.
The products offered by Soprema have proven to be valuable in more ways than one in that, through waterproofing technology, these products also protect the investment of building owners by prolonging the product quality for as long as possible.
Sustainable roofing system
Leading in environmental improvement and green roof technological development, Soprema has established long-term objectives of designing an overall “sustainable roofing system”, with a goal to keep these systems in place as long as sustainably possible. Product component materials are prolonged, or recycled, diverted from landfills, while products are also reused rather than using new product materials.
Highlighting some of the many products offered by Soprema, the website states, “The weight of sopranature green roof systems has been sufficiently reduced to allow garden roofs on most existing buildings. In protecting the environment, Soprema’s Coletanche geomembrane systems are used in geotechnical, environmental and hydraulic applications to retain liquid and solid contaminants, including nuclear waste, to protect groundwater resources, to control water runoff and pollutants, and to provide biogas protection, as well as store potable water.
“Over the last 30 years, SBS modified bitumen technology has proven by far to be the most reliable technology in the waterproofing industry. Most Soprema roof waterproofing membranes are made with SBS modified bitumen and include a reinforcement of non-woven polyester or glass mat,” the website continues. “Developed by a seasoned research and development team, the unique formulation and superior quality provide exceptional durability and resistance to severe weather conditions.”
The industries supplied by Soprema are moving more and more toward valuable environmental and energy sustainability initiatives. As an example, an increasing number of private sector companies, as well as governmental organizations, strive to implement Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) policies into their designs, where the key goal is to achieve the best level of sustainability.
LEED certification is industry recognized for green building efforts, in addition to being a recognizable achievement through third party reviews and many new government-related environmental incentives aimed toward improved sustainability. These organizations contribute to a growing green-building knowledge base that is worldwide.
The Soprema website concludes, “In the future, manufacturers, designers and installers should be partners working together to help protect the environment by making sustainable development a priority.
“Energy economy, sustainability, efficient utilization of raw materials and the reduction of waste must guide roofing design and specifications. More precisely, designing for sustainability must include materials and details which extend the useful lifetime of a roof and which are matched with a sustainable recovery plan.”