Mark Barger, Dow Chemical;
Abhishek Ambekar, Solvay Specialty Polymers

Session Abstract

The global building industry has been relying on traditional materials such as wood, stone and concrete, complemented by technical materials based on plastics that provide resistance against the elements and improve the environmental impact of buildings. Elements such as membranes, wraps, insulation, now have been integrated as part of the solutions and building codes worldwide. However, broader adoption of sophisticated materials such as composites, adaptive materials etc. allow new designs for higher performance; they also provide architects with higher degrees of freedom for more innovative designs. Although these “smart materials” are new, they continue to provide long term durability, fire resistance and other engineering properties to meet existing building codes with minimal liability. This session will explore the architects’ needs for new materials, efforts to understand the behavior of materials in use and performance during fire events plus current initiative to introduce such materials in building codes.

1st Talk:

Towards a Lightweight Ontology: Carbon to Building
Prof. Mark Goulthorpe, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, MIT

2nd Talk:

Achieving International Building Code Recognition of Polymeric Building Materials: Fire Performance Requirements
Dr. Nicholas Dembsey, Professor of Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

3rd Talk:

Designing for Fire Safety — Considerations for Product Development
Dr. Christine Lukas, Dow Chemical Services, United Kingdom

4th Talk:

Toward Intelligent Design of Fire-safe Polymeric Products
Dr. Stanislav I. Stoliarov, University of Maryland

5th Talk:

Reinforced Polymer Composites for Civil Infrastructure
Dr. Hota V. S. GangaRao, West Virginia University

Panel Discussion:

Safety and Sustainability in Construction: Challenges and Opportunities for Plastics
All speakers