Cork will be present at Concreta 2011
Amorim Isolamentos, a subsidiary of CORTICEIRA AMORIM, will be present at Concreta 2011 – the 25th International Building Materials exhibition, which will take place at Exponor - Oporto between 18 and 22 October, to showcase its newest solutions for urban renewal and construction projects.
In an innovative stand designed by architect Nuno Graça Moura, the Company will present a cutting-edge insulation solution, i.e., an insulation corkboard with built-in wooden slats called Lambourdé. Among the many advantages of this insulation solution especially designed for the rehabilitation of buildings, are its easy application on walls and floors and effective thermal and acoustic insulation properties, a hallmark feature of cork. Remember that the Portuguese government has been paying particular attention to this area and set up a EUR 1,000 million JESSICA Holding Fund.
According to Carlos Manuel da Silva, General Manager of Amorim Isolamentos, "Cork is increasingly being recognized as a building material of the future. It is flexible, durable, energy efficient, environmentally friendly and offers a combination of desirable properties not found in any other raw material. This year, our presence at Concreta will allow us to demonstrate how cork can be a key successful element in urban regeneration, an area in which sustainability and energy efficiency are so important."
Focus on the use of cork solutions for urban regeneration projects: also worth mentioning was the rehabilitation of three buildings situated at the Historic Centre of Oporto, within the scope of the Architecture Competition EA'11 - Urban Challenges – which was promoted by the “Espaço de Arquitectura” portal in partnership with Porto Vivo -SRU, an initiative supported by CORTICEIRA AMORIM.
It should be noted that the building decorations and building materials industry is a key area for CORTICEIRA AMORIM’s business, which offers a wide range of sustainable cork solutions designed for the construction industry.
Thus, aware of cork’s potential in this field, the Company will also present BCORK - www.bcork.amorim.com - the most complete website of sustainable cork solutions for construction projects at Concreta. The aim of this project is to make technical information on existing products and cork applications available to different players involved in the construction industry, thereby contributing to a better understanding of the environmental and technical advantages of using cork.
CORK AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Cork is an environmentally friendly raw material, 100% natural, renewable, recyclable and endogenous with a high application potential in the construction industry.
Among the many technical advantages of using cork, its thermal and acoustic insulation performance is worth a special mention. This is critical to higher energy savings and ensures the same performance throughout the product life cycle, without losing any of its incomparable properties.
Cork-based solutions are mainly used in wall and roof insulation and also in floating floors, expansion joints and flooring. Depending on the solution chosen, cork can be used either at the time the building work commences or in rehabilitation works, as part of the building structure. Cork is also used in interior decoration enabling you to create visually appealing floors and walls.