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First Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Building Underway

Friday, July 10, 2020

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Technical University Dresden, in Germany, has begun the process of erecting the world’s first building made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced concrete.

According to the university, the 5 million Euro ($5.63 million) project began at the end of May, when the foundation was poured for the 2,200-square-foot cube building.

About the Project

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research provided the financing for the project known as Carbonhaus or CUBE, which is shorthand for C3—Carbon Concrete Composite.

The building will consist of a precast “box” structure with a double-curved roof and will house a classroom, lab, presentation spaces and a kitchen.

HENN

Technical University Dresden, in Germany, has begun the process of erecting the world’s first building made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced concrete.

According to the university, the design process for the building was completed last year.

“The project partners decided to plan, construct, manufacture and assemble five BOX double walls and a ceiling element on a 1:1 scale and put them together to set up a demonstrator,” the university said. “With the help of technology tests, the planning and execution processes, the material and time expenditures, costs and achievable qualities were determined and exactly defined.”

The plan adds that the roof is slated to be white in appearance and it will consist of a slim, hollow chamber-like, carbon reinforced support shell with 30-mm-thick cover layers, 60-mm-wide webs, a thermal insulation layer and a 40-mm-thick carbon reinforced concrete weatherproof shell.

The Institute of Concrete Construction at the University of Applied Sciences, Economics and Culture in Leipzig, as well as the Institute of Concrete Structures at Technical University Dresden are also involved with the project. Companies on board include architect Gunter Henn, Chairman of Munich-based architecture firm HENN; Architeckten Ingenieure Batzen (AIB), as engineer; Assmann Advice + Plan, for structural planning services; and Bendl HTS and Betonwerk Oschatz were tapped for construction.

The carbon fiber being used for this project is produced from petroleum-based polyacrylonitrile.

   

Tagged categories: Carbon footprint; Color + Design; concrete; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Schools

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