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Plastics are widely used in the construction sector, their presence is often not recognizable but they make our buildings more efficient from an energy point of view
The use of plastic in building and construction makes it possible to save energy, reduce costs, improve the quality of life and at the same time protect the environment.
Plastic allows for products that are easy to install and require little maintenance.
Therefore, the additional consumption of resources and energy necessary to ensure the continuity of their functionality over time is very limited.
Polymers have a series of properties which, exploited individually or combined with each other, contribute to satisfying, in a significant way, the increasingly growing needs of the building sector.
Why plastic in construction?
• Plastics are the most efficient materials from an energy point of view, considering their entire life cycle.
• Plastic applications are simple to install, take up little space, require little maintenance and maintain their performance for decades.
• The average life span of plastic construction applications ranges from 30 to 50 years: most plastic pipes installed more than 50 years ago still work perfectly today.
• Not only do plastics help protect the environment, they also provide highly skilled jobs and increase the competitiveness of the construction sector through cutting-edge ecological technologies.
• Construction is the second largest application sector of plastics in Europe, after that of packaging.
Plastics last a long time and do not cause corrosion phenomena. They are the ideal material for frames and pipes, which have a lifespan of over 50 years. Plastics effectively insulate against cold, heat and noise. They allow energy and economic savings and reduce noise pollution. Plastics are lightweight. They contribute to economic savings also thanks to a reduced manpower. They are simple to handle, transport and store. Plastics can be recycled or used for energy recovery. Overall, the recovery of plastic waste in the construction sector shows a positive trend in continuous improvement. Plastics require low maintenance, are easy to clean and waterproof. They are the ideal covering for floors, both domestic and hospital, for which particular hygiene requirements are required. Overall, plastic components are often cheaper to manufacture than alternative materials. The ease with which the plastic can be molded makes it possible to produce multiple components that can be assembled to form a single object, thus facilitating its production and installation.
There are over 50 types of plastics with different characteristics to offer to construction.
• In the structure of a building, plastics are used for insulation, the construction of fixtures, electrical wiring, the various pipes and waterproofing covers.
• In interiors, plastics are used for wall coverings, floors, curtains, laminate kitchens and bathroom furniture.
Not only does plastic offer excellent practical solutions, but it also contributes significantly to improving the energy efficiency of buildings, which is necessary to tackle climate change and conserve resources. In fact, considering the entire life cycle of a product, plastic is one of the most energy efficient materials.
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