17 March 2010
17 March 2010
The Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) will use part of their space at FEICON BATIMAT 2010 to present a house made of composites, approved by Caixa Econômica Federal bank to be part of the Brazilian government’s housing program Minha Casa, Minha Vida.
At 37 m², the house will have walls made of composite sandwich panels (fibreglass reinforced polyester - FRP), polystyrene and polyurethane. ""In addition to the increased resistance to fire and impact, these settings improve the residents' sensation of thermal and acoustic comfort”, explained Gilmar Lima, the president of ABMACO. The panels are glued with structural adhesive, a renowned product worldwide in high performance applications, not only in civil construction but also in the automotive and aeronautics sectors.
Composites will also replace wood or plywood traditionally used as materials for the doors. In addition, the synthetic marble is used in the kitchen, in the sink and laundry tub. “The synthetic marble accurately reproduces the colours of the natural stone, it is cheaper and avoids the proliferation of fungus”.
In the bathroom, instead of ceramic tile, a box-type floor made of FRP will be installed. “It's much more convenient, since it eliminates holes on slabs. Moreover, it keeps the brightness for much longer”, says Lima.
To enable the construction of the house, ABMACO gathered a pool of associated companies. MVC Plastics and Poloplast will build the panels, which raw materials will be provided by Elekeiroz and Reichhold (resin/gelcoat), Owens Corning (fiberglass), Lord (adhesive) and Purcom (PU). Ashland, Composites Brasil, Fibravit, LyondellBasell, Novapol, PAQ Tiles (ABMACO’s committee), Poli Resinas, Polinox and Royal Polímeros will be the sponsors.
In addition to the popular house, ABMACO will expose at FEICON several products that are part of our daily routine, but that we often don’t know that they are made of composite materials – water tanks, swimming pools and baths, for example. ""We will also show the model of the winning project of the I ABMACO Architecture Award"", says Erika Bernardino, marketing manager of the association. Developed by Sérgio Tempel, an architecture student from Escola da Cidade, the work – a house entirely made of composite materials, futuristic and environmentally friendly – will represent ABMACO at national and international contests on innovation.
During FEICON’s week, the association will organize the seminar “Composites applied to Civil Construction”. “It is scheduled to occur one day before the beginning of the fair and aims to show hundreds of possibilities offered by composites”, says Erika.
Civil construction leads the Brazilian consumption of composites. Last year, it represented 46% of 182,000 tons processed.
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