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Mejoras en sistemas y elementos de planta baja

Resumen

Tipo:
Demanda Tecnológica
Referencia:
TRUK20180803001
Publicado:
17/08/2018
Caducidad:
04/02/2019
Resumen:
Una empresa británica del sector de materiales para la construcción busca nuevos sistemas de planta baja aislada para el mercado doméstico de viviendas. Los sistemas y componentes de plantas bajas han evolucionado a lo largo de los años en función de los cambios en los reglamentos de la construcción, afectando a la demanda de determinadas soluciones. Específicamente busca elementos y materiales con mejores características que los sistemas actuales, como alternativas al EPS (con propiedades estructurales y aislantes) ecológicas y sostenibles que sean fáciles de fabricar e instalar, nuevos elementos de hormigón con propiedades aislantes/estructurales, materiales que tengan un mejor rendimiento térmico o con propiedades adicionales (ignífugas, impermeables), etc. Estos productos deben estar en fase temprana de desarrollo, con prueba de concepto. Se buscan pequeñas y grandes empresas con el fin de establecer acuerdos de licencia, cooperación y comercialización con asistencia técnica.

Details

Tittle:
Improvements in ground floor systems and elements
Summary:
A UK building products company is actively searching for new insulated ground floor systems for the UK domestic housing market. Elements and materials with significant improvements in characteristics, or ease of manufacturing or installation are requested. They can be early stage, with proof of concept. Companies small and large are sought primarily for licensing, financial, commercial agreements with technical assistance or technical cooperation agreements.
Description:
Ground floor systems and components have constantly evolved throughout the years as the building regulations have changed, thus affecting the demand for certain solutions (e.g. requirement to improve the thermal performance values of beam and block with insulation).

Such systems currently comprise of a varying combination of: prestressed (reinforced) concrete beams; aerated concrete building blocks; EPS (expanded polystyrene)/XPS (extruded polystyrene) infill blocks and EPS/PIR (polyisocyanurate) top sheets; and in situ structural concrete topping or reinforced concrete slabs with EPS bonded to the underside. These systems can be used in both domestic and some commercial applications to provide a weight-bearing, insulated, finished floor surface, and are supplied to building sites as pre-manufactured elements for easy installation.

A UK manufacturer of building products is now looking for a step change in the crowded market to be able to differentiate their solution with enhanced properties of current systems and/or component materials. They are open to find both material suppliers and innovative systems which provide competitive advantages to those already in the market, such as:

· Environmentally friendly/sustainable alternatives for EPS (with structural and insulating properties)
· Easier to install on site (i.e. lighter for handling or produce less material waste)
· Easier to distribute (i.e. materials that expand when removed from their packaging)
· Ability to form new concrete in shaped elements with new insulating/structural properties
· Greater thermal performance values (lower k values) and other desirable properties (i.e. strength)
· Provide alternative system for first floor installation (replace engineered timber and insulation)
· Allow for reduced depth system by use of stronger/better insulating components
· Ability to replace one component by increasing the functionality of another (e.g. finished top sheet to remove wet concrete topping)
· Additional properties (e.g. flame retardant or impermeable to water for moisture barrier)
The materials should be available in different grades and need to be light enough to be able to be manually handled, whilst the system must form a robust solution (e.g. have weight-bearing elements so that individuals are able to stand on the flooring during construction).
The UK company is an established manufacturer of building products, with appropriate development and manufacturing resources to commercialise and offer a new system to the UK market. They are open to discuss all forms of collaboration (including licensing, commercial, financial and technical cooperation agreements), and therefore this opportunity could appeal to both smaller companies and larger companies who want to develop their innovative technology/material or become more well-known.
The type of co-operation is likely conditioned by the stage of development and the partners willingness to undertake joint development projects, as opposed to handing over some know-how or a product/technology to the UK company.
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
Whilst the company would accept early stage technologies/materials, they would at the least require a sample for testing to assess its properties, or the system should be at least at proof of concept stage. IP of some form is required, but could include patents, secret know-how or design rights.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought: industry and innovators.
Specific area of activity of the partner: construction elements, methods and systems.
Role of partner sought: dependent on the stage of the development, a collaboration may take the form of a license or financial agreement, technical cooperation, commercial agreement with technical assistance.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry >500
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English