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News Construmat 2013.

News Construmat 2013.

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Today we bring you some news from Construmat 2013, we have visited, we have had already advanced information in our previous post Foam insulation coming from pine’s bark.

As you probably already seen on the web, our main focus sector is not construction, but the world of product and materials, and one of the reasons why we like Construmat, it’s because always gives us a different point of view, and many times we find synergies and many others discovered new things. Today we bring you the materials that have seemed most interesting to us.

Start News Construmat 2013, by a material of Amorim group, a cork production business company, together with Caliplac, specialist in sandwich panels’ manufacturing, have established an alliance to offer sandwich panels with Cork heart, which can be used both on walls as in soils, allowing the elimination of vibrations that produce treads. This panel is ideal for building and stands out for its qualities of thermal and acoustic insulation in addition to incorporating 100% natural products.

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We would focus on concrete as the material in which companies have bet at the fair. Making a small selection of the ones we consider most innovative and can provide new perspectives in design.

First, Roxipan company has presented its range of flexible concrete sheets, panels and floors. Their know-how allows them to apply the concrete on boards, metal and polyester and have a result aesthetically comparable to a concrete block.

Its most innovative product, the ROXIflex has characteristics of low-temperature flexibility and with a thickness of 3mm; it offers the possibility of use as a veneer and allow the coating of organic forms like pieces of furniture, bringing lightness and versatility to the pieces created with this. We underline that the veneer is made only from concrete in mass and which does not involve a plot to strengthen it as in other similar products, which opens up the possibility of using it in complex ways.

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The second one is Slimconcrete of the Spanish company Escofet, a concrete of very high performance (UHPC) which represents an innovation and an evolution of the traditional concrete in the sense of improving the mechanical properties and durability. The original formula, as well as its specific manufacturing protocol, developed in collaboration with the iMat-Technology Center construction and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, offers a material with great possibilities for the development of new products for the urban space and architecture.

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The third one we present is the result of the collaboration between the company PROMSA, and the Group of technology of structures of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. They have developed HALF, a new type of lightweight concrete, self-compacting, with fibres and in patent process. Its fiber content makes it possible to use without the mesh welded and to reduce its thickness up to 3 cm, in addition its low density makes to add little overhead to the structure and can be thus more applicable in old buildings to rehabilitate. The first application of the new concrete is being carried out in the rehabilitation of the House Museum Gaudí Parc Güell in Barcelona.

These three concrete provide solutions in the case of rehabilitation and creation of new products.

And as last material, even though it wasn’t very well put in value but anyway we finally found it, the Select sun, a passive protection glass with capacity to prevent the entrance of Sun’s rays. It consists of several layers of glass laminated with overlapping, reflective and semitransparent layers of metal which can produce values of solar protection adapted to the guidance and latitude of each building facade. Their geometry allows to obtain different values of protection between winter and summer, and can be combined with other sheets of glass to form window with camera, sound insulation, etc. The innovation lies in the fact that there are three layers of metal and non-metal nets, the effect is spectacular.

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Finally, from MADE we are launching a survey to find out what are the trends in materials, let us know which is the most interesting for you according to your type of work.

Thanks in advance for your collaboration

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