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Armacell Benelux hosted a conference in the United Arab Emirates addressing the use of glass reinforced polymer (GRP) sandwich panels in the building and construction industry.
The event, titled “Composites in Construction – Innovative Architectural Design”, was held at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, and the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai in March.
According to Armacell Benelux, the conference aimed to bring together architects, engineers and developers for an active exchange of technical and practical information on how to incorporate GRP Sandwich Panels into architectural design, and to highlight the benefits compared to traditional building materials. Among others, Armacell say these are cost efficient, allow freedom in design and users benefit from the better life cycle performance GRP Sandwich Panels allow for. Focus was put on the environmental aspect and sustainable building concepts composite solutions facilitate, especially when using recycled PET foam cores.
The speeches were given by international representatives of the three companies Armacell, Solico and BFG. Several case studies from all over the world – including Al Haramain Railway Station – have been presented.
Dr. Karl Paetz Lauter, Managing Director of Armacell International states, “Composite materials, GRP sandwich panels in particular, are not a well-established building material and aren’t considered as an alternative to conventional solutions done with reinforced concrete. In a number of very practical case study presentations it could be demonstrated that GRP solutions regularly score better in life cycle analysis studies. This is very much to the surprise of the participants as it could also be demonstrated that GRP solutions are often the cheaper alternative if considered at early stage in the concept and design phase.”
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