The majority of components that make up the &U system are made from glass fibre reinforced polymers. These materials are used in the boat building and aeronautical industries for their light weight, high strength, robust durability in extreme conditions, and low maintenance characteristics.
The use of this material allows all the building elements to be prefinished prior to delivery to site. In combination with an innovative patent pending connection system, a building can be simply assembled on site rather than relying on the complex conventional construction process. This reduces the cost and time of the project and minimises reliance on numerous skilled trades.
Why use composite materials?
The benefits are substantial and numerous. They include:
Each component of the &U system can be carried and installed by on-site workers without the need for a crane or heavy lifting equipment.
Durable and Stable
Unlike many other building materials, composites can deliver precise, pre-finished elements that are tough, durable and attractive.
The inherent strength and durability of the composites significantly reduces the material usage, which in turn lowers the embodied energy and green house gas emissions, and minimises the buildings environmental impact.
Composite materials are excellent thermal insulators so coupled with rigid PIR insulation and good passive design, heating and cooling requirements can be significantly reduced.
Composite materials are tough and resilient making &U buildings suitable for use in areas affected by flood, cyclone, earthquake, termites, bushfire, salt water, and climatic extremes.
These benefits are now being realised in the building industry. Composites are replacing conventional building materials such as steel, concrete and timber in the construction of bridges, walkways, decking, handrails, power poles, external building facades, concrete reinforcement and structural elements.