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Development of a novel building unit for domestic and commercial buildings

Objective



Builders and organisations associated with building design and equipment throughout Europe has held the view for some time that improved building systems are urgently needed to meet the growing housing demand. The main objectives of any new system must be to reduce cost, building time, skill requirements, and raw material use and energy consumption both during construction and as an operational building. The situation was brought into focus by a communication issued by the European Commission in November 1997 stating that for many years the building industry had not kept up with advances in other sectors, but recognising that this unsatisfactory situation could be the basis of an engine for growth. This project, which had its inception before the Commission Statement was made, aims to produce new technology, which will provide the basis for a range of new building units for easy frameless erection.

By involving Civil Engineering Departments specialised in building studies from different parts of Europe to carry out the RTD activities, consideration will be given not only to the best technical solutions but also to meeting regulations and approval requirements. The project seeks to develop fire resistant polyurethane foam filled building panels suitable for the construction of domestic and commercial structures up to 5 floors in height. The panels will be self-supporting without the need for a framework and will retain their structural integrity in fire conditions. It is anticipated that the prototype panels developed will be suitable for certification by appropriate accreditation bodies. The project partners area representative group of builders and potential component suppliers who are all enthusiastic to use the successful outcome of the project because of the competitive advantage it will bring to their businesses. They also share concern for the current difficult situation within the building industry and believe very confidently that this proposal gives one of the best possible solutions to a lack of innovation.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

Roberts & Williams Ltd
Address
Queen Street
CH5 1TB Queensferry - Deeside
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

Berberich Bau GmbH
Germany
Address
Arndtstrasse
04275 Leipzig
FIBERLINE COMPOSITE A/S
Denmark
Address
Nr. Bjertvej 88
6000 Kolding
Fachhochschule Mainz
Germany
Address
Holzstrasse
55116 Mainz
International Polyurethanes Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
King Street
PE30 1HJ Kings Lynn
Marshalls Flooring Ltd
United Kingdom
Address

NG14 7JX Hooveringham
RICHARDS MOOREHEAD & LAING LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Well Street 55
LL15 1AF Ruthin
University of Surrey
United Kingdom
Address

GU2 5XH Guildford