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GFRC Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete and Sustainable Design
GFRC contains materials that, taken from the soil, have no adverse effect on the environment. Concrete’s components include Fly Ash, Silica Sand, Portland cement and aggregate. In GFRC we introduce the component of fiberglass as well as other natural chemicals in order to produce a super strong and flexible material. The process of producing the water based material produces no chemical off-gas or byproducts.
GFRC is a green material in many ways. Primarily, the use of recycled aggregates such as recycled glass, metals and other recycled materials give GFRC both a modern look as well.
The LEED rating system has become the basis for evaluating the claims for Green Architecture. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.
LEED was created to:
define “green building” by establishing a common standard of measurement, promote integrated, whole-building design practices recognize environmental leadership in the building industry, stimulate green competition raise consumer awareness of green building benefits transform the building market Members of the U.S. Green Building Council representing all segments of the building industry developed LEED and continue to contribute to its evolution. LEED standards are currently available or under development for, New commercial construction and major renovation projects as well as many other project typologies.
The aspects of GFRC which make it a green material include its composition of natural materials such as sand, and other aggregates. Also, the inclusion of recycled content gives the design team to specify this material and garner LEED points for their projects.
For more information on LEED and ‘Green Building’ please visit the GFRC Construction Green Building section of the website.
What is GRFC and why are so many builders and designers using it?
Glass fiber reinforced concrete is an engineered material that contains cement, polymers, and glass fibers that are ingrained in the cementious matrix. The properties are influenced by the glass contents, mix design, and production process. GFRC is mainly used for external applications since it increases its load-bearing capacity. It produces an extremely lightweight yet durable material.
GFRC’s strength is derived from a high dosage of AR glass fibers along with a high dosage of acrylic polymer. Due to the low water to cement ratio GFRC comprehensive strength can be quite high. Tensile and flexible strength make it superior to ordinary concrete. This product will have high load support while remaining flexible therfore no cracks are prevalent.
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GFRC SIP’s (Structural Insulated Panels) provides you with 12 inch thick foam walls. Imagine how much you would save year in and year out. The GFRC SIP will pay for itself in no time.
It is AMAZING!!! Your home is very green which is becoming a major issue recently. With your whole house is constructed of this material so there is no need to worry about wood rotting or nails coming out.
Like other similar products there are several different styles and colors for a unique appearance. No other product can offer the assurances available with Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete.
GFRC has become a popular material that is used for several applications. There are numerous advantages of using it, as explained below:
* GFRC is prepared of minerals and will not easily burn. When exposed to a flame, the concrete functions as a thermal regulator. It protects the materials fixed with it from the flame heat.
* These materials are comparatively lighter when compared to the conventional materials. Their installation is therefore fast, and normally simple. Concrete may be produced in thin sections.
* GFRC may be cast to almost any shape of columns, moldings, wall panels, fireplace surrounds, and domes.
* High strength can be obtained by using GFRC, being tough and resistant to cracking. It has a high ratio of strength-to-weight. Therefore, the products are durable and light. The transportation costs are reduced significantly being of less weight.
* Since GFRC is internally reinforced, other types of reinforcement are not necessary that may be complicated for complicated molds.
* Suitable consolidation of mix is achieved for GFRC that is sprayed, without any vibrations. Use of rollers or vibrations, to attain consolidation, is simple for GFRC that is poured.
* A good surface finish is obtained, without voids, since it is sprayed and such defects do not appear.
* Since the materials have a fiber coating, they are unaffected by the environmental effects, corrosion attacks, and other harmful effects.
Strength of the product is developed due to high contents of alkali resistant glass fibers and acrylic polymer. Since the cement contents are high, and the ratio of water to cement is low, the strength under compressive loads is high. These materials also possess great tensile and flexural strength. The performance of these materials is better than the normal concrete. The high fiber content bears the tensile loads, while the concrete is flexible due to the polymers. Applications of GFRC are vanity tops, wall panels, and other comparable products.
Special edging or other treatments can be cast separately and integrated seamlessly. The relatively lightweight, yet strong countertops can be shipped across the US. A major difference between GFRC and traditional concrete is that it allows for limitless creative and design opportunities.
In some cases, landscape elements from the customer’s property are incorporated into the design–from actual fern leaves and tree branches to stones and miniature rivers. All painted details are done by hand, with rollers and sponges to intricate brushwork for the final touches.
As well as this aspect, the materials used are themselves easy on the environment. The glass elements are from reclaimed or recycled materials, and the cement mix includes fly ash, which is the waste produced by industrial smokestacks. The finishes are ecologically friendly water-based materials that give off no pollutants or toxins when produced commercially.
For more info please visit:
- What is Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete?:http://www.gfrcconstruction.com/about/
- GFRC General Information: http://www.gfrcconstruction.com/category/gfrc/
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