This building system considerably improves heating comfort inside buildings, drastically reducing energy consumption and promoting strategies aimed at sustainable development.
The excellent insulating capabilities of EPS provide, throughout the life of the building, lower power consumption and lower CO2 emissions thus limiting climate change and global warming.
It has carried out a comparative analysis of the CO2 footprint produced by its own building system, consisting of single panels, and a traditional system: a building realized by this building system gives a CO2 footprint that is 60% less than the one given by a conventional building made of reinforced concrete and cladded by masonry.
The structure brilliantly performs both insulation and load-bearing functions: the thickness and density of the panel can be customized depending on the specific thermal insulation required.
Moreover, the continuous EPS core extends over all surfaces of the building envelope, without any thermal bridge. For example, a wall with a finished thickness of about 15cm provides the same thermal insulation as an insulated masonry wall of about 40cm, with obvious advantages in terms of more usable space.
The possible combination with sound-absorbing materials (such as plasterboard, cork, coconut fibre, rock wool, etc…), optimizes the acoustic insulation of those walls, which must comply with the strictest regulations.
With this building system high energy efficient buildings can be built, complying with the highest energy classes thanks to an insulated shell provided by a continuous polystyrene core, without any thermal bridge or insulated ducts within the panels.
Therefore it provides a significant improvement in thermal comfort inside buildings, dramatically reducing energy consumption and promoting strategies aimed at sustainable development, as shown by an analysis conducted on a prototype showing that the CO2 footprint is reduced by about 60% when compared to a conventional building.
The polystyrene foam used for our panels is the self-extinguishing type and is perfectly enclosed between the reinforced concrete layers that coat the panel preventing combustion.
The fire resistance of the panels has been verified in tests carried out in several laboratories. For example, a wall made with a PSM80 panel ensures a REI 150 fire resistance, so it can be included in the REI 120 class. This means that for 150 minutes, the panel has proven to be: R = stable, E = resistant to passage of fire and smoke, I = insulating.
The system has subjected several types of panels, set in different types of high-strength concrete, to a series of blast resistance tests. The tests were carried out using a powerful explosive, in a test chamber optimized to produce a uniform shock wave on the face of the panels. Theese panels stood up admirably to all tests, surviving explosions of over 29,5 tons/sq.m.
Numerous laboratory tests carried out in several countries have shown the high load resistance of the panels. For example, compression tests with a centred load carried out on a finished single panel, 270cm high, have shown a maximum load up to 1530 kN/m â‰ˆ 156 ton/m.
The monolithic joints of the building system are suitable to give constructions high structural strength.
EMMEDUEÂ® research and development activities aim to continuously improve the products, ensuring the highest reliability standards.
For this reason, EMMEDUEÂ® submits its products to continuous laboratory tests (static, dynamic, ballistic, fire resistance, wind tests, etc …) carried out at the most renowned international laboratories, thus obtaining relevant certifications and approvals.
Integration with other building systems
It is a very versatile building system, compatible with all other existing systems; in fact, theese products can be used to complete reinforced concrete or steel structures. In addition, they can be easily anchored to construction elements of all different kinds, such as steel, wood or reinforced concrete.