baupanel® factory at Crabs, Antigua
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Currently, the building and construction industry is responsible for consuming 40% of the energy produced all over the world. This sector also creates 25% of the worldwide waste.
baupanel®, whose main component is expanded polystyrene (EPS), is an efficient and effective thermal insulating material that can make an important contribution to the reduction of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. In order to make it, no CFCs or HCFCs are used as foaming agents and therefore, EPS does not cause any damage to the ozone layer. The Polystyrene material from which the panels are made is also bio degradable, stable and non toxic. It does not present any risk for underground spring water.
baupanel® buildings reduce their energy requirements with a positive impact on the environment as a result. This is because baupanel® is a building method that helps to get the maximum energy classification thanks to its excellent thermal insulation.
baupanel® system means a real cost advantage for customers as well as for building companies, as it provides many benefits when compared to the cost of traditional building methods. Undoubtedly, having one element fulfilling two tasks at the same time (a high-resistance wall and thermo-acoustic insulation) is an innovative money saving approach. The time it takes to erect the walls is way quicker than traditional laying of building blocks with a huge cost saving.
The K value of the total thermal resistance of a baupanel® composed of a 4cm thick EPS (15 kg/m3) density with a 3cm thick micro-concrete on both sides by a total thick of 10cm is 0.78 W/m2 oK. If the wall is made with a panel 8cm thick expanded polystyrene (15 kg/m3 density) the K thermal transmission is 0.49 W/m2 oK. Such levels of thermal insulation far surpass the K values of traditional building walls. This translates into an energy saving of nearly 40%, both for heating and cooling cycles.
choice of finshes
Walls made with baupanel® can be completed with any kind of finishing. It is possible to directly apply a coating on the discharged micro-concrete or, alternatively, on the shell and core buildings. Traditional paints can be used directly on the panel once concreted. You can apply any finish such as single coat mortar, acrylic mortar, stone sheeting, exposed brick, tiles, etc.In the same way, the inside walls can be finished with plaster or Perlite coating, cardboard-plaster sheeting, tiling, etc. So whatever your personal preferences are when it comes to interior design, there is no limit to what can be used.
The panels will resist the spread of fire far longer than a traditional build home.
Laboratory tests carried out on a two floor baupanel® prototype house (made to scale) have proved that the structure is resistant to loadings higher than the effect of a category 1 earthquake without suffering any kind of damage. These scientific results can be supported as buildings built using our method all over the world have successfully survived strong earthquakes without any damage.
baupanel® buildings located in areas with high risk of hurricanes have shown great capacity to resist the most devastating winds.
Our experience all over the world has shown a real reduction in the building works execution time compared to those with traditional building methods. When the method of construction is understood, it is easy to see why this method will deliver your completed home much more quickly than with traditional building systems.
It is 100% RECYCLABLE. During the process of manufacturing baupanel® there is minimal waste. The waste that there is, is directly recycled within the production plant.
high load resistance
Laboratory tests carried out internationally have proved the great structural resistance of baupanel®. Loads in normal buildings are distributed across many lineal elements (load walls), whilst the work tension of the concrete is much lower than the maximum allowed for this material.
Thanks to the panel’s light-weight qualities they are easy to move, transport and install. This allows them to be used in most situations. The panel’s light-weight construction is strengthened once the micro-concrete has been applied, ensuring the baupanel® structure’s strength and integrity. The weight per m2 of the panel before the application of the micro-concrete or mortar depends on the panel type, and ranges from 3.5 kg/m2 to 5 kg/m2. This makes it possible for just one worker to easily move more than 3m2 of panel.
The range of simple panels, with a 3.5cm concrete thickness on each side have an average acoustic insulation of 43.50 dBA which is a higher value than traditional walls. This results in a much better level of soundproofing for your home.
The secret of the baupanel cost effective method of building is in the actual panels themselves. bau’s original factory is situated in Spain, but to effectively support the new Caribbean program now launching in Antigua and shortly to be launched in St Lucia, a Caribbean based panel factory was required. baupanel’s commitment to the Caribbean is underlined by their investment into the new Antigua Factory located at CRABS / PARHAM.