Textile-reinforced concrete is making a significant contribution to sustainability in the construction industry while allowing for environmentally friendly building. In environmental terms, since glass and fibre reinforcements do not oxidise, they are well ahead of steel, which will corrode sooner or later. Follow-up costs from the rehabilitation or even demolition of corrosion-damaged structures can be avoided right from the beginning. Textile-reinforced concrete is of particular benefit to public sector clients, especially those building highly-stressed structures like reinforced or prestressed concrete bridges, the maintenance of which is a lasting drain on the public coffers. But protecting and reinforcing structures with textile-reinforced concrete is also possible for buildings already in use: timely action can stop deterioration and avoid demolition or rebuilding.
In addition, solidian’s textile reinforcements are easily recyclable and can even be used a second time, as demonstrated by a recent research project at RWTH Aachen University. And minimal concrete covers and thinner elements offer even more sustainability effects: Low material costs lead to a noticeably smaller carbon footprint Concrete manufacturing is particularly energy-intensive and its materials are complicated to transport. In the case of façade panels, the use of textile reinforcements leads to potential concrete cost savings of up to 80%. In consequence, the use of fastening materials in logistics can be greatly reduced, more components can be transported at the same time, and shipping costs become much more economical.
Textile-reinforced concrete is more sustainable:
- Recyclable and/or reusable material
- Less need for energy-intensive concrete production
- Lighter and more flexible transport
- Logistical cost savings
- Significantly smaller carbon footprint