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Outdoor continuous flooring

Manufacturer Italcementi

i.idro Line
i.idro DRAIN is an innovative concrete formulation capable of draining water.
Thanks to a specially formulated mix, i.idro DRAIN combines the strength of a concrete pavement with a drainage capacity 100 times greater than the one of natural soil.
As demonstrated through comparative tests performed by the Politecnico di Milano, the excellent drainage capacity of i.idro DRAIN equals or even exceeds the one of naturally-available loose materials like sand, clay and silt, as well as traditional waterdraining asphalt pavements.
i.idro DRAIN’s drainage capacity varies as a function of the particle size distribution adopted for its formulation.
The presence of voids, which may vary from 15% to 25%, ensures flow rates from 200 l/m2/min to over 1000 l/m2/min.
Thanks to its sustainability characteristics, i.idro DRAIN can contribute to earning LEED points.

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More nature, less pollution
i.idro DRAIN returns rain and stormwater to the ground thus replenishing aquifers and allowing water conveyance through special sub-service drain pipes.
Unlike draining asphalt concrete pavements, i.idro DRAIN contains neither oils nor other polluting agents that might flow into nearby streams, lakes, rivers, or seas.

Better micro-climate, greater comfort
Exploiting albedo, i.e. the reflecting power of a light-coloured surface, combined with greater air circulation, i.idro DRAIN can help reduce the surface temperature by up to 30°C compared to asphalt pavements, thus ensuring greater urban comfort (heat island effects).

Less risk, more safety
As compared to an asphalt pavement, i.idro DRAIN can resist fire and is specially suited for areas subject to fire hazards. i.idro DRAIN makes circulation for both pedestrians and vehicles safer as it lowers hydroplaning and ice-skidding risks by promoting stormwater flow and reducing runoff.

Less cost, longer life
i.idro DRAIN allows reducing cost of stormwater treatment as well as sewage system and pavement surface maintenance.
In addition to keeping its aesthetic as well as physical and chemical properties unchanged over time, i.idro DRAIN can also prevent such commonly recurring surface deterioration phenomena as channels or ruts, corrugations and shoving.

Any pavement made with i.idro DRAIN can be custom-made by adding natural pigments that give the mix a smooth homogeneous colour.

Even more sustainable
i.idro DRAIN today is one of the most environmentally sustainable products in the construction market.
Like other Italcementi Group products, i.idro DRAIN can be formulated with TX Active®, the innovative photocatalytic principle for cement-based products, developed and patended by Italcementi Group.
The resulting product, i.active DRAIN, is capable of providing pavements with draining, “smog-eating” and desoiling performance.

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Outdoor continuous flooring I.IDRO DRAIN - Italcementi

Outdoor continuous flooring I.IDRO DRAIN - Italcementi
Outdoor continuous flooring I.IDRO DRAIN - Italcementi

Outdoor continuous flooring I.IDRO DRAIN - Italcementi
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