New Light Weight Composite Façade Panels Developed

DSM, Büfa and NPSP Composieten have developed a new type of light weight façade panels based on composite materials. These huge façade elements (13 x 3 m) have been used for constructing the new Enexis building in Zwolle (Netherlands) that was officially opened today.

The low panel weight resulted in a fast and easy installation. In addition, the specific shape of the panels will contribute significantly to the low energy consumption of this energy neutral building.

DSM, composite manufacturer NPSP Composieten, and specialty resin supplier Büfa have introduced composite façade elements with large sizes that can be mounted in a very short period of time. In collaboration with construction company BAM more than 100 of these elements were installed on the new office of energy company Enexis in Zwolle (Netherlands).


Façade elements made from composite materials have a significantly lower weight than their counterparts in concrete (in this specific case less than 10% of the concrete equivalent). Because of their low weight and a specially developed and patented aligning anchor/ hook system, the panels could be mounted in only 5 min per panel.

The panels were manufactured with a vacuum infusion process based on DSM’s Synolite 1967 resin, Büfa’s Firestop 6815-N-3 resin/ S272-SV gelcoat, and a PUR foam core. The inherent design flexibility of composites enables manufacturing of components with unique shapes. The panels used for the Enexis building are reflecting sunlight because of their specific shape and prevent heating up of the building in summer. Also, because of their excellent insulating properties they keep the heat inside in winter.

Photo by: Ben Vulkers


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