13 June 2017
13 June 2017
JEC Group is launching a book dedicated to the growing use of composites in architecture.
The Future of Building: The Growing Use of Composites in Construction and Architecture includes 194 pages of information and 80 examples demonstrating the advantages of composites in this sector.
“Composites are playing an increasingly bigger role in construction," explains Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO. "Between 2016 and 2021, we are expecting a sharp growth in the market and a 5-6% annual increase in the use of composites in this sector.”
“It is predicted that in 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in urban areas," she adds. "It is vital that we find construction materials that enable us to construct durable buildings that meet environmental standards and that provide affordable urban housing. Composites are one possibility!”
One building that demonstrates the benefits of composites for the construction industry is the Institute of Sport. The complex design of the building’s façade was inspired by the body of an athlete. It was made possible thanks to the properties of fibreglass reinforced with polyester resin. Australian architects David Karotkin and Michael V. Henderson were able to offset material costs with the savings composites provide as a result of their lightweight properties, off-site manufacture, ease of installation and low ongoing maintenance. The façade was completed in 12 weeks, from creating the unique MDF mould and 7.5 m high composite panels to being fully installed.
The book is available for a price of €210.
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