High Performance, Economical & Sustainable Biocomposite Building Materials

Case Study: Suspended Ceiling Kit

Suspended Ceiling Kit

The Suspended Ceiling Kit (SCK) is a suspended ceiling system intended for internal use only. It will consist of lamella suspended from the structural ceiling which will be made using biocomposites The general function of the Suspended Ceiling Kits is to provide a cohesive architectural surface and acoustic damping while allowing for technical installations to be routed in the space above it. The kit will include any fixings needed for the installed system to comply with the functions described in this document.

Pultrusion would be the most efficient way of producing the lamellae. However, this results in a strip which is too stiff to allow it to be bent around light fittings, etc. Vacuum infusion is therefore being considered as a means of producing the prototype. In both cases the material will be a jute reinforced bio-polyester resin. This will need to be filled with fire retardant additives to meet fire safety standards.

Design drivers and technical requirements:

  • Open, lamellar structure
  • Aesthetic design
  • High speed installation with simple connections
  • Lightweight
  • Not load-bearing
  • Possible inclusion of air-control components
  • Inclusion of lighting fixtures
  • Integration with the internal partition wall
  • Simple connection with the substructure

Image courtesy GXN.

Funding

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 285689.