SABIC showcases advanced materials for circular economy at WEF

An elegant structure featuring prominently in Davos during the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) is displaying how SABIC’s advanced materials enable the creation of energy and material-conserving structures that are easy to assemble, disassemble and reuse.
“This structure is a superb example of how SABIC’s cutting-edge technological materials and ingenious designs from a world-leading architect, such as William McDonough, can combine to push the boundaries of architecture and sustainable development,” said Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC’s acting VC and CEO.
The WEF started in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday and will continue till Jan. 23. The meeting is attended by 2,500 of the world’s most influential business, political, scientific and social thought leaders.
The structure, called ICEhouse — where ICE stands for innovation for the circular economy — was built using SABIC’s LEXANTM sheet and systems for the walls, ceiling, roofing and windows — all mounted to an aluminum frame. LEXANTM multi-wall sheets on the walls and ceiling are filled with an insulating nanogel for energy efficiency.
“This is a structure that can be rapidly constructed, disassembled and used time after time,” Al-Benyan added. “The combination flexibility and energy efficiency gives architects unique materials to design structures that are elegant and durable, and can be used in many applications that benefit society. The LEXAN components are an example of what we in SABIC call Chemistry that Matters.”
ICEhouse was conceived, designed and built by William McDonough, author and sustainability pioneer, and his companies, William McDonough + Partners and WonderFrame LLC.
The circular economy incorporates the Cradle to Cradle design philosophy, developed by William McDonough.
McDonough said: “By partnering with SABIC to build ICEhouse in Davos, we are showing the world how to use innovative materials and Cradle to Cradle design principles to address many of the critical social, economic and environmental needs of society and put the ‘re’ back in resources




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