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Tuesday, June 1 • 14:00 - 14:25
A responsible approach to design and manufacturing of composite facades

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• Realising organic designs through the use of adaptive moulds resulting in less waste during manufacture
• Comparison of carbon footprint of curved facade panels designed in concrete, metal and composites
• Benefits of composite facades from design through to installation



Fibre reinforced plastic materials are a great choice for achieving freedom of design as they can be moulded easily into complicated shapes more easily than other materials. Add to this that the structure can be optimised for any loading given any shape and it is clear why these materials are finding more application in construction.

As environmental regulations become stricter in all industries, it is vitally important to ensure that we are smarter about how we use and manufacture with composites to ensure that architects will choose them, and the construction market will continue using them, in the long term.

This presentation will explain an approach to offering composite solutions for the architect that targets a lower carbon footprint in both the materials and manufacturing process without compromising on design. The adaptive mould will be introduced, a solution that has been used in the past few years by concrete façade manufacturers, and it will be explained how this technology has been adapted for use with composites.
It will be demonstrated that with careful material combinations coupled with the adaptive mould technology, composites the sensible choice to achieve freedom of design. More importantly, it will be shown that there is snowball effect of the benefits of using composites from manufacture right through to installation on the construction site.



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Tahira AHMED

Director, Curve Works
Tahira Ahmed is managing director of Curve Works in The Netherlands. Her background is aeronautical engineering with a specialism in composite materials. Her passion, and the ideology behind Curve Works, is to continuously work on technologies to enable responsible manufacturing without... Read More →


Tuesday June 1, 2021 14:00 - 14:25 CEST
Conferences (Hall 6 - Room 611)