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1. FABRIC-REINFORCED CEMENTITIOUS MATRIX | SIMPSON STRONG-TIE

Simpson Strong-Tie’s fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) allows contractors to repair, protect, and strengthen concrete masonry structures for a fraction of the installed cost of traditional shotcrete repairs that use rebar, according to the maker. The system combines high-performance sprayable mortar with a carbon-fiber grid that creates a thin structural layer without significantly increasing the structure’s weight or volume. FRCM is ideal for application on overhead or vertical surfaces in structures such as parking garages, tunnels, and bridges. A one-inch layer provides structural reinforcement without substantially constricting tight spaces or adversely affecting facility operations. Further strengthening can be achieved via subsequent half-inch layers.

Source: https://www.bdcnetwork.com/bdcs-101-top-products-structural-products

2. CONCRETE SUBFLOOR PANELS | USG

 

USG Structural Panels provide a fast, efficient method for building floors. The high-strength, reinforced concrete subfloor panels are lighter than precast and poured concrete, and install like wood sheathing. The non-combustible panels offer one- and two-hour fire-rated assemblies, and are mold-, moisture-, and termite-resistant. Panel dimensions: ¾ inch thick, 4x8 feet sheets, with tongue and groove edges. Ideal applications include mid-rise multifamily buildings, theaters, mezzanine spaces, and modular structures. The dimensionally stable concrete panel will not buckle or warp and is easy to install: circular saw for cutting, screws for fastening. Meets sound rating requirements.

Source: https://www.bdcnetwork.com/bdcs-101-top-products-structural-products

3. SILENT FX QUICKCUT | CERTAINTEED

 

Drywall features a viscoelastic polymer between two dense gypsum cores, providing enhanced sound attenuation for applications requiring high STC performance. Assemblies using SilentFX QuickCut can provide STC ratings of 50 or higher, while using fewer layers of gypsum board than traditional assemblies. The drywall is engineered for use on interior walls and ceilings in residential, commercial, and institutional applications. It can be used for new construction or renovations over wood or steel framing. Designed to easily score and snap for fast installation. The company’s M2Tech technology provides protection against moisture and mold. Abuse resistant per ASTM C1629.

Source: https://www.bdcnetwork.com/bdcs-101-top-products-structural-products

4. NEW BUILDING MATERIALS THAT COULD REVOLUTIONIZE CONSTRUCTION

These new materials are starting to generate buzz in the construction industry and could very well change the future of building. From materials that generate their own energy to those that provide greater structural protection, the future of building is evolving.

A new generation of stronger, lighter and more sustainable building materials is coming to solve the construction industry's main challenges. From natural disasters and sheer costs to environmental concerns and inefficiency, the industry struggles to keep up with demand while maintaining its output. Building projects consume 50% of our resources from nature, often leading to added costs, delayed construction times, and wasted materials.

To address some of these challenges, many innovative firms are developing a generation of new building materials. Materials are being engineered to be smarter, stronger, self-sustaining, sleeker, and easier on the environment.

To keep a competitive edge, construction companies need to stay up-to-date on these material innovations. Buildings crafted with the most modern materials will be more equipped to solve ongoing challenges, reduce their carbon footprint, and make an impact in the industry.

While it can take decades for scientific breakthroughs to make their way to a job site, a new generation of materials is coming. Here are 18 materials that are currently making a buzz in construction and that may very well change the way we build.

  • Self-healing concrete
  • 3D graphene
  • Aerographite
  • Laminated timber
  • Modular bamboo
  • Transparent aluminum
  • Translucent wood
  • Light-generating concrete
  • Microbial cellulose
  • Spider silk
  • Aluminum foam
  • Nanocrystal
  • Wool brick
  • Pollution-absorbing brick
  • Hydroceramics
  • Biochar
  • Bioreactors
  • Invisible solar cells

Source: https://www.bigrentz.com/blog/the-future-of-building-materials

 

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