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JEC to recognize composites innovations at Chicago awards event

Composites in building and construction will be highlighted at an JEC Group awards ceremony in Chicago on June 20.

JEC says in a news release that “the numerous and diverse benefits that these innovative materials bring to the building industry will help overcome the coming challenges such as, urbanization, increase of natural disasters (floods, storms, tsunamis, earthquakes), 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 like 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 energy saving (Armageddon Energy).

Following its strategy to address every composites end-user, the JEC Innovation Awards will reward six composites innovators in building and construction that the organization says will change the way we build.

If the majority of submissions relied on glass fibers, which is common in the Construction field, we see an increased interest in carbon fibers, especially for structural applications. And similarly to all sectors of the composite industry, thermoplastics are gaining in importance in construction.

Therefore, to promote the growing use of composites as a construction material, 6 categories are awarded, covering a large panel of applications and possibilities.

JEC says the composite industry employs 550,000 professionals worldwide.

Awards will go to:

Building — Owens Corning (France)
GFRP for urban renewal challenge
Civil Engineering – Biteam (Sweden)
Highly integrated ductile reinforced carbon composite I-beam
Structural cladding – Premier Composite Technologies (United Arab Emirates)
Ultra-high performance concrete in mould finish for FRP panels
Repair – DowAksa Advanced Composites (Turkey)
Full-scale site testing of seismic retrofit
Design – Optima Projects Ltd (United Kingdom)
Free-form structural FRP roof without moulds
Energy – Armageddon Energy (United States)
SolarClover advanced solar panels

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