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DS Smith and French Construction company Bat’IPac develop new recyclable corrugated and plastic material to substitute construction boards

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DS Smith and French Construction company Bat’IPac develop new recyclable corrugated and plastic material to substitute construction boards

June 05, 2018 - 10:38

LONDON, June 4, 2018 (Press Release) -Concerned about the environmental pollution created by construction materials, Bat’IPac, a French Construction Company, looked into the development of a sustainable solution made of corrugated cardboard and plastic.

The final product, made in collaboration with DS Smith, consists of various layers of corrugated cardboard surrounded by twin-wall polypropylene plastics sheets which provides thermal insulation and make boards flame retardant and water resistant.

The new material is expected to substitute the traditional boards used in house constructions that are pollutant to the environment and are not recyclable.

Made of corrugated cardboard and polypropylene plastics, the new construction boards are 100% recyclable and are easy to install without polluting the air during construction.

About the new construction boards

Welded modules of whole wall sections facilitate the mounting of the IPAC blocks, with printed coverings to ensure a perfect communication of the brand. Each wall module section consists of various layers of corrugated cardboard surrounded by flame retardant and water resistant Akylux polypropylene sheets. The corrugated cardboard and plastics expertise of DS Smith benefitted the customer to quickly create a product up to their specifications.

The final product is 100% recyclable, easy to manufacture and transport providing savings in labour and transportation. Houses built with this technology are energy efficient with estimated 30% savings in cooling and heating systems. Due to the relative thinness of the walls, the interior space is optimised throughout the house.

This innovative application, has high a growth potential in Europe, as the project becomes more and more successful in France.

About Bat’Ipac

The idea was born from a natural disaster that happened in the roof of M. Hubert Lé, specialized educator in an occupational support centre. As he wanted to quickly repair the roof, he used corrugated cardboard to solve the problem and discovered exceptional qualities to this product. That’s how he started developing the idea of constructing houses with corrugated board. The use of plastic came just after, thanks to its water resistance and flame retardant properties. Working with employees in the occupations support centre contributed to creating a solution that aligns sustainability with human values.