24 February 2015
24 February 2015
BioBuild, a European Commission funded project coordinated by NetComposites, will showcase biocomposite structures, including a building-façade panel, a cladding kit, a suspended ceiling and an internal-partition system, at EcoBuild which is being held at ExCel, London on 3-5 March 2015, from its stand N6042.
Biobuild is a collaborative project part-funded by the European Commission. It has 13 partners from seven European countries. The aim of the project was to investigate the use of biocomposite materials to reduce the embodied energy in building components such as façade panels, cladding, ceiling and internal-partition systems by at least 50% over current materials with no increase in cost. These allow the use of sustainable, low-carbon construction materials, replacing aluminium, steel, fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs), brick and concrete in new-build and refurbished structures.
During EcoBuild, there will be four systems on display:
Partners will be available on the stand throughout the event to discuss the four systems and the materials used to create them.
Also, during the event, Guglielmo Carra, Senior Engineer for project partners ARUP, will be presenting “Bio-composite materials for building construction systems” in the session “Towards a photosynthetic architecture: The role of bio-based materials in the built environment.” The session will be held on the 3rd March 2015, from 4:15pm to 5:45 pm.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
Composites Evolution, Bercella and Element Materials Technology (Element) have successfully completed the development and testing of a composite cantilever support for rail passenger seating.