Sustainability and composites
Around the world, BFG Architecture is dedicated to creating a lower carbon future – from replacing outdated energy-intensive building materials, to pioneering new, low-energy ways to purify waste water. To us, sustainability and innovation go hand in hand, so we invest in intensive research, development and testing to enhance the performance of our composites still further.
And because sustainability begins at home, we’re constantly working on ways to minimise our impact on the communities around us - with the utmost respect for local environmental protection and stewardship. BFG Architecture is a sustainable business, working together to shape a sustainable future.
Composites and the environment
BFG Architecture’s world leading composites are completely benign in the environment – producing no fumes, residue or toxins. They are weather, mould and termite resistant, and require far less repair and replacement than the traditional materials they are designed to supersede, with a life expectancy of many decades.
Safe, strong and lightweight, composites are perfect for highly specific, tailor-made moulds that minimise waste, and are designed to perform in the most demanding of applications ranging from tough, weather-resistant exteriors, to long lasting polished interior elements.
Sustainability: Our Approach
At BFG, we are dedicated to achieving the highest levels of environmental sustainability in everything that we do, wherever our operations take us around the world. To us, building a sustainable future starts by building sustainable operations, so we take all necessary steps to minimise waste and by-products, with the utmost respect for all local and national legislation in our production locations.
Our environmental policy and guidelines include detailed policies for managing our impact, to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we work.
FRP composites are fast becoming the material of choice for architectural applications thanks to their aesthetic qualities, versatility, and functionality.
The materials offer design flexibility and can be moulded into complex shapes such as curved, corrugated, ribbed, or contoured in a variety of ways with varying thickness. This makes them a popular choice for decorative details, mouldings, columns, and brackets. Further, a traditional look such as stone, marble, copper, gold, or chrome, can be achieved at a fraction of the cost. Moulds can also be created to replicate the most complex of profiles in restoration, renovation, and new construction.
Composites allow plenty of scope for customisation in building interior applications too. Composite wall panels allow architects to create designs that are impossible or impractical with traditional materials, improve thermal performance and energy efficiency, and meet building code requirements. Further, they are available in a variety of colours and different textures, including smooth, rough, painted, acid etched, sand-blasted, and with exposed aggregates.
The high strength-to-weight ratio offered by composites translates to a smaller foundation requirement and eliminates the need for most secondary aluminium framing and mechanical fasteners. Building facades and structural elements made from composites are more durable than traditional materials as they are resistant to adverse weather conditions (UV radiation or acid rain), and are easily maintained. FRP composites are also the more environmentally friendly choice and can help you achieve LEED certification for your project.
Whether used for small rain-screen cladding panels, complex curvature building envelopes, domes and cupolas, decorative screens, lattice work, or shading elements, composites reduce overall project costs, help you achieve quicker construction due to prefabricated parts and parts consolidation.
BFG Architecture has helped create some of the world’s most dramatic skylines, and we look forward to working with you on your next project. Our experienced engineers produce cost-effective and high-performance composite architectural elements that fully harness the advantages of this versatile material to produce a more beautiful, durable, and environmentally friendly building.
Contact us today so we can begin discussing your project needs.