25 November 2005
25 November 2005
CBS Homes, the developer of patented fibreglass composite exterior support walls, has announced plans to locate a state-of-the-art Construction Technology Campus (CTC) in Florida.
James P. Antonic, President and C.E.O. of CBS Homes Florida, will be meeting with state officials and parish governments to unveil his business plan to build affordable and sustainable homes in Louisiana. The CTC will bring together manufacturers of glass, windows, doors, sheeting, and insulation in one location to create a core of parts needed to build homes to a higher standard. These components will flow into the hurricane resistant fibreglass composite wall panels creating economies in construction not available when combining products from a variety of independent and scattered makers. Uniting all the exterior wall component manufacturers at one location will showcase the best methods to mitigate potential disaster damage with sustainable buildings. This integrated process will save time, money, and create a finished house at a lower cost with improved features compared to conventional homes built on-site.
According to Mr. Antonic, this one site will synergize research, manufacturing and sales. There is no other site in the United States where manufacturers are located in the same place, he explains. “The CTC can be Louisiana’s response to the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and produce immediate mitigation in a meaningful way throughout the state.
CBS Homes uses pultruded fibreglass composites to create support wall framing for residential and commercial buildings. CBS claims its prices are about 20 percent lower than other structural support methods.
The complete framing package, which includes rafters, trusses, joists and wall panels, is stronger, safer, and longer lasting than any other product commercially available in the construction and building industries, according to Mr. Antonic. “These homes are energy efficient, will never rot, have higher resale value, lower insurance rates and lower maintenance costs than homes built with any other type of support framing structures.”
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
The £50 million McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) nearing completion near Sheffield, UK, was inaugurated on 16 January.