Foam Concrete as a Solution for the future
Discover how The Element, a construction company in Greenland, overcomes the country’s challenging climate and limited building space by producing prefabricated concrete elements.
Challenges of Building in Greenland
Peter Hinnerup, who lives in Nuuk, is a co-owner of The Element, a company that operates in two main areas: building apartments for resale and acting as a major contractor on construction projects in Greenland.
Building in Greenland presents several challenges due to the country’s limited building space and challenging climate. Most of the land surface is rocky or covered in snow and ice, and the weather can fluctuate from -20°C to +10°C in a 24-hour period, resulting in large amounts of ice and meltwater. Additionally, winter is characterised by many storms and heavy snowfall. All building materials must be stored indoors, as the large climate fluctuations can damage them.
Furthermore, all materials used in a construction project must be transported to Greenland by ship, which takes 10 days, and cargo damage during transportation is common.
The Element’s Approach
To address these challenges, The Element has a factory that produces prefabricated concrete elements that are transported to the construction site and assembled into the building on-site.
To make production independent of the weather, as much of the building as possible is made in the factory.
Peter has made a strategic investment in an FP1200 with an inliner to optimize the production process and achieve self-sufficiency in concrete production. This investment has enabled The Element to produce high-quality concrete elements in-house, thereby reducing dependence on external suppliers.
However, Peter’s vision goes beyond just producing regular concrete elements. He also plans to produce foam concrete, which can be used as a replacement for insulation material in cavity walls, ceilings, and floors. By incorporating this eco-friendly and energy-efficient material into their product line, The Element can offer their customers a more sustainable building solution while reducing their carbon footprint.
Foam concrete is ideal for construction in Greenland because it is not affected by temperature and humidity changes like wood.
The company is testing different types of foam concrete in collaboration with Fibo Intercon to find the optimum type for their buildings. For this project, Fibo has developed an add-on box to the mixer which makes it possible to produce both concrete and foam concrete in the same mixer.
Benefits of Using Foam Concrete
By replacing some of the other materials used in the buildings with foam concrete, The Element can reduce costs and minimise the need for internal storage space for materials at the factory. Furthermore, production will become even more independent of the weather and import can be reduced to cement as sand, and water, are naturally present in Greenland.
The use of foam concrete will also bring environmental benefits in the future. When the buildings are demolished many years from now, they will contain only concrete, apart from windows and doors, which can be recycled in production into new concrete. This will minimize waste and CO2 emissions.
Once the concept is developed, Peter plans to showcase it to other builders in Greenland to help everyone working in the construction industry.
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