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A Model for Tomorrow – BASF Constructs Sustainable “Building of the Future”

In addition to comfort and cost-effectiveness, sustainability is an essential feature when it comes to building future-proof houses. BASF is showing how this can be done and that new high-performance materials can make an important contribution in this area by developing a model house jointly with Chinese partners, which is now being presented at Chinaplas in Guangzhou.

In its latest report, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reiterated the urgency of curbing global warming. Not only civil society, but also an increasing number of companies have put the issue on their agenda and are firmly anchoring sustainability in their projects and strategies. The focus is increasingly on the sustainability of infrastructural planning and approaches and on their downstream maintenance.

Ideally, the world would be full of “green” buildings with the very latest passive house technology and infrastructure that meets all today’s needs without disregarding the interests of future generations. BASF is cooperating with the highly reputed construction company Shanghai Landleaf Architecture Technology (Landleaf) and the Passive House Alliance China (PHAChina) in moving a step closer toward this vision, especially in Asia, and to promote sustainable architecture.

A jointly developed model house spotlights the latest high-performance building materials. These include SLENTEX® , an ultra-slim insulating material that achieves significantly better insulating performance than conventional materials. The bathroom fittings usually made of metal have been replaced by ones made of the plastic Ultramid® PA – thanks to efficient molding processes, this enables appreciable cost savings. Elastopir® is another high-performance insulating material in use in the Building of the Future. With its special fire protection properties, the material meets customer demand for fire-resistant insulation elements. Instead of conventional floor tiles, a floor surface of water-permeable Elastopave® has been installed in the shower. The material is also used outdoors – usually on footpaths and cycle paths, where it has made an impact in Hangzhou as strong water- and air-permeable wearing course.

The Building of the Future is a first glimpse of a future that combines sustainable living with superlative comfort. By combining advanced building applications with networked home appliances, we can create a feel-good home environment that also helps to conserve natural resources. For smart and sustainable solutions.

When we consider that space in Asian cities is often limited and building land is therefore expensive, extra-slim materials are also in demand, as they can help to maximize the available space thanks to their reduced size.

Xiao Yue Ping

To find out more, CORPUS met with Xiao Yue Ping, Vice President of Landleaf’s Research Academy of Sustainable Architecture, for an interview.

CORPUS: Can you tell us a little about the relationship between BASF, Landleaf, and Landsea?

Xiao Yue Ping: BASF, Landleaf, and Landsea – another part of the Landleaf Group – have had close business relations since 2002. Our venture brings the expertise of both sides together. Landleaf’s advanced building applications and technologies are meshing with BASF’s innovative building materials. In 2017 we implemented a joint project in the province of Wuhan – as part of the Green Bud Action initiative we fitted out the local Shuguang kindergarten with improved building equipment to create a “smog-free” environment for the children.

CORPUS: What are the main criteria applied by clients and architects in China when choosing construction materials?

Xiao Yue Ping: There is growing demand for fire-resistant insulating materials especially for high-rise buildings, and this feature is undoubtedly important in addition to thermal conductivity. Planners in China are looking for top-quality insulating materials that not only deliver low thermal conductivity, but also provide good moisture management – while also of course being as light as possible. When we consider that space in Asian cities is often limited and building land is therefore expensive, extra-slim materials are also in demand, as they can help to maximize the available space thanks to their reduced size.

CORPUS: How do you promote sustainable architecture and construction in China?

Xiao Yue Ping: BASF and Landleaf recently joined forces for the Building of the Future lighthouse scheme. At Chinaplas in Guangzhou, we jointly presented a model house that resorts to energy-efficient and sustainable materials. Both companies have also been active members of the Passive House Alliance China since its founding in 2015. This is where we work closely with other industry experts to promote buildings that require less energy for heating and air conditioning. We are also focusing on high-performance insulating materials and waterproofing systems.

CORPUS: Many thanks for the insightful interview.

(From left to right: Larsen Kolberg, Head of Business Management Construction Industry, Performance Materials Asia Pacific; Xiaoxu Li, General Secretary of China Passive House Alliance;Xiao Yue Ping, Vice President of RASA (Research Academy of Sustainable Architecture), Landleaf; Eric Li, Manager, Industry Team Construction Greater China, BASF

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