Advanced Building Materials & DFMA
A material is considered advanced or smart only when it contributes to the quality of a building. Smart structures and advanced material technologies can significantly increase sustainability, performance, production efficiencies and profit.
Advanced Building Materials are now widely available and there are various types with different characteristics and capabilities. A composite that is engineered from two or more materials that have different physical or chemical properties. In 2009 the UK Government invested £16million into a new National Composites Centre (NCC). With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world - the NCC is helping the industry to solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time.
From foundations to roofs advanced building materials are being developed to offer super performance in terms of energy savings, efficiency of use, application feasibility, availability and cost savings.
Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) approaches are designs that are conceived for the ease of manufacture and efficiency of assembly. When combined with advanced building materials DfMA can optimise building schedules and the quality of the final project. By producing smart and robust buildings some of the pitfalls associated with traditional building products and techniques can be eradicated. Construction methods can emulate sectors such as the automotive and consumer-products industries that are driven by the need to produce large numbers of consistently high-quality products very efficiently - where using advanced materials and DfMA protocols are the norm.
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