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7th September 2017, Germany

Growth potential for pultruded composites

An industry report published by EPTA, the European Pultrusion Technology Association, has highlighted a large potential for growth within the residential housing market, in particular green and sustainable homes.

Although still relatively new to the residential housing market, the properties of pultruded composite profiles have earned them a position of awareness and respect among architects, engineers and building owners who want to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive market.

Pultruded glass fibre composites offer a high performance, cost effective alternative to more familiar building materials. © EPTA

“Pultruded glass fibre composites offer a high performance, cost effective alternative to more familiar building materials and are suited to a large number of applications in the residential construction market. A heightened global emphasis on green building and sustainable building practices will bring increased interest in the potential for pultruded profiles to create energy efficient and sustainable residential solutions for the future,” said Dr Elmar Witten, EPTA.

Superior performance

Offering a combination of superior properties not available with traditional building materials, the attributes of pultruded profiles have been proven over the years through applications such as window systems, where they have earned a reputation for being a premium solution that is maintenance free and long- lasting (over 20 years), as well displaying superior performance in terms of dimensional stability and thermal performance.

Today, the EPTA report finds, this has led to a major trend with composite pultrusions now starting to replace wood, PVC and aluminium in a variety of residential applications including exterior trims, cladding, decking, columns, pergolas and arbours, as well as railings, fencing, decking and even modular housing systems.

Properties

Many of the properties that make composites the preferred material of choice for performance reasons, also result in it being a more sustainable material for green builders.

Start-link system is an example of a sustainable modular construction system for low-cost thermally efficient homes based on a number of pultruded profiles. © EPTA

The Start-link system is an example of a sustainable modular construction system for low-cost thermally efficient homes based on a number of pultruded profiles that bolt and ‘snap-fit’ together enabling rapid assembly. The composite is stable, inert and impervious to moisture, requiring only the addition of insulation to build houses. Thermal bridging is eliminated and the inherent dimensional stability of pultruded profiles means that air tightness is easily achieved.

At just 18 tonnes when fitted together, the pultruded parts are also lightweight, easily handled and installed without heavy lifting equipment.

See the full report

www.pultruders.org

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