JEC Innovation Awards to honour composites innovations in building and construction
The JEC Group, the largest composite organisation in the world, will highlight composites use in building and construction at its newest event dedicated to this specific composites industry on 20-22 June 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The numerous and diverse benefits that these innovative materials bring to the building industry will help overcome the coming challenges such as urbanisation, increase of natural disasters (floods, storms, tsunamis, earthquakes, etc.), along with the decrease of non-renewable raw materials and the high standard levels set by the society in terms of lightness and fluidity. Composites materials bring answers and opportunities to tackle those issues in sustainable, durable and reliable manners. Solutions include ease of fabrication (Owens Corning), structures durability (Biteam), anti-seismic reinforcement (DowAksa), use of end-of-life products such as recycled bottles of water (Premier Composites Technologies), aerial forms (Optima Projects Ltd) or again energy saving (Armageddon Energy).
Following its strategy to address every composites end-user, the JEC Innovation Awards will reward these 6 composites innovators in building & construction that will change the way we build.
If the majority of submissions relied on glass fibres, which is common in the construction field, we see an increased interest in carbon fibres, especially for structural applications. And similarly to all sectors of the composite industry, thermoplastics are gaining in importance in construction.