The experiences of the SFB 532 and especially from the realization of the Café Reiff, served as the basis for the EU-funded LIFE project INSUSHELL (Environmentally Friendly Facade element made of thermally insulated Textile Reinforced Concrete). The aim of this project was the development and application of lightweight, self-supporting outer wall elements in textile reinforced concrete with high energy and CO2 savings. In a collaboration of partners from industry and institutes of the RWTH Aachen University was the Project Life Insurance, Shell developed a self-supporting, thermally insulated sandwich cladding system of textile reinforced concrete and applied.
INNOTEX (Source: ITA)
5% of the annual man-made CO2 emissions produced during the manufacture of cement in the construction industry. The project focuses on the use of textile reinforced concrete on this particular problem point. The technology is very environmentally friendly because it has a high potential for reducing CO2 emissions. First, it saves already in the production of about 70% of the conventional reinforced concrete construction in the amount of concrete used. Secondly, it reduces energy consumption in the assembly, the transport to the use phase.
3D-view INNOTEX (Source: Carpus + Partner AG)
The applied results of the project development is the engine room of the institute's new building "INNOTEX" in Aachen Melaten. The construction of this demonstration object, the possibilities of textile reinforced concrete identified and made available to a broad mass of users and interested parties. The facade is provided on an area of 590 m² with a total of 216 INSU-SHELL elements, making it the world's first implementation of the new technology textile concrete sandwich cladding on an industrial scale. With a total concrete area of about 1200 square meters, the construction project saves approximately 420 tonnes of CO2 compared to a conventional reinforced concrete.
side view of the new Institute Hall „INNOTEX“
(Source: Carpus + Partner AG)
1. Element construction
2. Element components
4. Bending tests
6. Individual Approval
8. System and Assembly
Summary and Perspective