Construction & Housing - Reshaping the Future
In the construction industry, where major challenges such as ensuring sustainability and reducing carbon footprints are shaping the future, nonwovens are providing cost-effective and efficient solutions to the many building and construction industry challenges.
Breathable membranes, often combinations of nonwovens and films, have a variety of uses, including underlays to support a variety of roofing applications, membranes in pitched roofing or flat framed wall construction, industrial cladding for roofs and walls, and also as vapour control layers for internal walls, ceilings and flooring.
Nonwovens also play a leading role in both the thermal and sound insulation of modern buildings.
In modern housing construction, nonwovens are also extensively used as housewrap, to protect new homes from both the elements and the potentially damaging effects of moisture. More recently, these products have also been employed to create airtight attics and improve the reflection of radiant energy in wall systems.
Click here to see a short video demonstrating how the versatile properties of nonwovens can help protect homes
Geo-nonwovens, speciality nonwovens in the civil engineering field, form the backbone of numerous civil engineering projects.
These infinitely ’engineerable’ materials are also used for separation, reinforcement and as filters in the construction of motorways, airfields, railways, sports fields, drainage trenches, dams and dykes. They are laid to form a roll and are light and easy to handle, despite their strength and toughness.
Rapid developments in infrastructure have led to huge demand for nonwovens in water conservancy, highway, railway, sea and airport projects as they satisfy the qualities needed for these demanding environments; strong, tear- and puncture-resistance, lightweight and temperature fluctuation tolerant.
Treating nonwoven geotextiles with eco-friendly additives enhances water repellence and resistance against biological degradation for soil reinforcement that requires durability, such as the control of river bank erosion. The unique flexibility of nonwovens also makes them suitable for use in securing landfill construction and in drainage/filtration applications, as optimal separation fabrics
EDANA has produced an interesting infographic showing some facts and figures about the uses of nonwovens as pitched roof membranes (click for .pdf file).