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Construction & Building Materials

UK construction will benefit from the change to a low carbon economy and green construction as long as there is continuous investment in innovation and technology. Construction and Building Materials industry provides 88,000 new job opportunities annually, taking this sector in the modern age of architecture.

With over 90 years of R&D experience, RAPRA promotes technology transfer wherever possible, enabling companies to access and adapt technologies to meet their needs in order to achieve:

  • Technology for the next generation of buildings
  • Renovation of existing buildings
  • Energy efficient buildings

Composition of the UK construction sector:

  • Construction of buildings: commercial and residential
  • Civil engineering: roads, tunnels, bridges, utilities
  • Specialised construction activities: electrical and plumbing installation, demolition, coating, painting, roofing etc.

Manufacture of construction and building materials:

  • Bricks, tiles, cement, concrete product and plaster
  • Metal structures, door and windows of metal, carpentry and joinery
  • Wiring devices, electrical lighting equipment etc.

Based on the innovation drivers in the construction and building materials industry, RAPRA recognises the need for material innovation and the necessity to replace old materials with new material technologies to improve the energy efficiency.

The uses of polymer based materials used in construction include:

  • Thermal Insulation
  • Roofing
  • Light-weight structures
  • Coatings
  • Pipes
  • Wire and cable
  • Foundations
  • Fittings
  • Flooring

Potential benefits of polymer based materials include:

  • High specific strength
  • Specific stiffness
  • Tailored durability
  • Good fatigue performance
  • Potential to reduce long-term costs

The Rubber And Plastics Research Association assisted companies of all sizes with finding technical support for their requirements. Our customers demand covers a wide variety of sub-sectors, including civil engineering, engineering manufacturing and house building.

If you are looking to achieve any of these capabilities, RAPRA is open to all of your questions, needs and ideas. The simple way to start working with you is by submitting your enquiries here.