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The use of lightweight PET-based composite structures is a noticeably growing trend in the in the areas of architecture and construction. Not surprisingly, ArmaFORM® PET is taking a bigger and bigger share of the market for traditional building materials such as steel, concrete or wood as well as other foam core materials like PVC, PUR/PIR and XPS used in FRP (fibre reinforced polymer) composite structures.

Its performance and advantageous properties, such as high strength-to-weight ratio, durability and good thermal insulation characteristics, are the key drivers of this global trend. ArmaFORM® PET based architectural composites result in ease of installation, higher energy efficiency and reduced maintenance and repair costs, thus providing more effective solutions to the building sector than traditional materials or competitive foam cores. Whether you use ArmaFORM® PET for exterior cladding panels, decorative façade elements, roof structures, modular houses or bridges – our foam core brings numerous benefits:

Lightweight: The lightweight character of panels utilising PET cores significantly reduces the size and weight demands on the building's support structures and foundation. Furthermore, the self-support and load-bearing properties of ArmaFORM® PET allow long-span panels between two supporting points, influencing the number of supporting columns needed. Especially in stadium design, the trend is to reduce the number of support columns, which can obstruct spectator’s view, and to have roofs that can be partly opened. Wherever big open spaces without internal frames and linings are required, ArmaFORM® PET is the solution.

Durability: ArmaFORM® PET maintains its functionality and shape even under severe mechanical and environmental stresses. Its closed cell structure prevents water and moisture absorption and thus degradation of the composite panels' structural and insulation properties. ArmaFORM® PET's excellent resistance to fatigue, corrosion and rot, combined with its inherent thermal stability, significantly increase durability compared to structures built with wood, steel, concrete or comparable foam cores. The long-term behaviour of ArmaFORM® PET positively impacts the maintenance requirements and through-life costs of a building.

Design freedom: Today’s designers and architects are creating more and more futuristic designs than are often impossible to realize with traditional building materials or may be possible with a great deal of extra effort, time and expense. Thanks to their thermoplastic nature, ArmaFORM® PET cored panels can easily be thermoformed and bent into complex shapes and geometries. This design flexibility enables production of any 3D form. ArmaFORM® PET also allows the use of almost any type of decorative surface finishes, such as glossy gel coat, mosaic tiles, aluminium and stone to satisfy contemporary architectural demands.

Easy assembly: Offsite fabrication and modular construction are becoming increasingly prevalent in the construction industry; total structures are often pre-assembled and shipped to the jobsite ready for installation. The lightweight character of ArmaFORM® PET based panels translates into easier, faster and more economic installation, as lighter lifting equipment may be used and fewer panels are necessary because they can be larger. All of these factors speed up installation and lower installation and transportation costs.

Unique eco-balance: In recent years a wide variety of commonly called “green building” directives have been introduced worldwide, such as the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), intended to help building owners and operators act in environmentally responsible and resource friendly ways in terms of design, construction, operation and maintenance. LEED certification, for example, considers the environmental and health impacts of a building throughout its entire life-cycle by focusing on the following crucial criteria: site locations, water use, energy performance, materials and resources, indoor quality and innovation and design.

ArmaFORM® PET GR foam can help meet, the following criteria, among many others: improved insulation efficiency, use of resources and recycled materials, innovation and design and LCA data. ArmaFORM® PET GR – as one component out of a multitude within a building project – can potentially contribute 31 points to the rating system. To get LEED certification for any commercial buildings or neighbourhoods, a project must first satisfy all prerequisites and additionally earn a minimum of 40 points on a 110-point scale. For further details please see our technical bulletin "ArmaFORM® PET and its contribution to LEED certification".

 

Application: Building Envelope / Modular Housing / Bridge