JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #112 - April/May 2017 - 57
An example of the future of buildings
SABIC and eminent architectural and design firm William McDonough +
Partners partnered up to develop the ICEhouse: an innovative building using
carbon fibre and thermoplastics designed to be easily disassembled and rebuilt elsewhere.
resented during the 2017
World Economic Forum
in Davos, Switzerland, the
ICEhouse (with "ICE" standing
for "Innovation for the Circular
Economy") was an instant success thanks to its sustainable design and innovative material use,
namely thermoplastic composite
technologies from SABIC.
With environmental issues at
the forefront of many industries,
building design is evolving towards energy-efficient structures.
The use of recyclable components is becoming more than
necessary, and with William
McDonough + Partners having
always placed sustainable design
as a priority, the partnership
with SABIC and their fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites
was a perfect fit. The ICEhouse's
overall goal is to illustrate that
the combination of advanced
architectural design and the use
of advanced, lightweight materials is more than possible: it
is the future. During the World
Economic Forum, the ICEhouse
hosted guests and members
from the forum. The goal was
also to illustrate the durable use
of carbon fibre.
Durability, performance and
SABIC's fibre-reinforced ther-
moplastics were used in several
parts of the house, namely the
floor panels, profile structures
and cladding; filling SABIC's
LEXAN product (polycarbonate
resin) with nanogels most notably allowed for energy efficiency.
These products present particularly interesting properties compared to wood and metal alternatives, with superior durability,
impact performance and safety,
all while reducing weight.
Architecture will not be the only
field where the company's products can fulfil their potential,
electronics, medical and aerospace applications could also
benefit from their use.
McDonough + Partners
William McDonough + Partners, an award-winning architecture and community design
practice at the forefront of the
green building movement, is
dedicated to place-specific,
that support ecological health
and human well-being.
As a pioneer of the green
building movement, William
McDonough has earned the
reputation of being "the leading environmental architect of
our time." After building the
first solar house in Ireland,
he designed the first "green
office" in New York for the
Environmental Defense Fund,
which set the modern green
building movement in motion.
The ICEhouse at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
N°112 April - May 2017
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