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Advantages

Jedes Bausystem, sei es Massiv-, Holz- oder Fertigteilbau, hat eigene Vorteile und ideale Anwendungsgebiete. Durch die Eigenschaften der VST-Technologie werden viele dieser Vorteile kombiniert, jedoch ohne die vielen Beschränkungen der Systeme zu übernehmen. Dies macht es zu einer einfach anwendbaren, attraktiven und einzigartigen Ortbeton-Bauweise.

Short construction times

Kurze Bauzeiten

Due to the high degree of industrial prefabrication and the elimination of the formwork process (lost formwork: the concrete combines with the formwork elements that become part of the building), the construction time can be reduced by up to 50% compared to other construction methods. The risk of unexpected delays on the construction site, for example due to bad weather conditions, is also minimised. With VST, the completion of a raw superstructure storey only takes 10 days on average.

Direct comparison of the VST system with a conventional construction method

 

High degree of prefabrication

Brandsicher

VST elements are delivered to the construction site and, according to customer requirements, already include reinforcement and all necessary pipework (empty electrical pipework including electrical sockets, heating and sanitary pipework, ventilation pipework). As a result, many work processes are transferred to the manufacturing plant, where they can be carried out more efficiently under optimum working conditions. On the construction site the VST elements only have to be assembled and concreted.

Sound insulation

Schallschutz

Noise protection is of great importance for people’s health and well-being. The VST technology is a solid construction method with which a jointless structure is produced in the final state. The VST technology has the following sound insulation characteristics:

 

Overall wall thicknessThickness of the concrete coreSurface Weight
kg/m²
Extent of Airborne Sound Insulation
– CALCULATION-
Prof. DI Dr. KRAML
175mm127mm353.5056 dB
200mm152mm411.0058 dB
215mm167mm445.5059 dB
230mm182mm480.0060 dB
250mm202mm526.0062 dB
300mm252mm641.0064 dB

 

Input values:

Density cement bonded particle board > 1,280 kg/m³

Density concrete > 2,300 kg/m³

Energy efficiency

thermische_masse

Buildings constructed with VST technology have high air tightness. The cement-bonded particle boards from which VST products are made have a heat-insulating effect compared to concrete. This allows for significant space and cost savings to be achieved in insulation. In principle, any type of insulation can be used in conjunction with VST products. VST walls (without insulation) have the following thermal resistance:

 

Overall wall thickness[m²K/W][W/mK]
175 mm0,2402,440
200 mm0,2512,377
215 mm0,2572,341
230 mm0,2642,305
250 mm0,2722,260
300 mm0,2942,154

24 mm cement bonded particle boards have a thermal conductivity coefficient of 0,26 W/mK and a R value of 0,092 m²K/W.

To calculate the U-value, an exterior wall is assumed – and 0.04 + 0.13 = 0.17 m²K/W (according to DIN EN ISO 6946) is assumed as the rated values of the heat transfer resistances.

High degree of prefabrication

werk

VST elements are delivered to the construction site and, according to customer requirements, already include reinforcement and all necessary pipework (empty electrical pipework including electrical sockets, heating and sanitary pipework, ventilation pipework). As a result, many work processes are transferred to the manufacturing plant, where they can be carried out more efficiently under optimum working conditions. On the construction site the VST elements only have to be assembled and concreted.

Safety and cleanliness on the construction site

sicherheit

By relocating many work steps into the secure environment of the VST manufacturing plant, site safety is increased.  In addition, the comparatively early installation of VST staircases enables good accessibility to every floor without the use of ladders. Due to the high degree of prefabrication of the VST technology, construction site waste is avoided (e.g. formwork panels, cutoffs, packaging material, etc.).

Compatibility

Kompatibel

VST products are compatible with other construction methods. For example, parts of the load-bearing structure of a building can be constructed with VST products and other building parts with precast concrete or in-situ concrete. A combination with timber construction components is also possible.

Low weight of the VST-elements

gewicht

VST-elements are concreted on site and have a relatively low weight. A VST-wall weighs only approx. 70 kg per square metre (without reinforcement). In comparison, a precast concrete double wall weighs around 300 kg per square metre. Due to the low weight, handling in the assembly process is facilitated and cheaper cranes with a lower maximum load can be used. This means that the site equipment requires less space, which can be a major advantage when space is limited in urban development. The transport costs of VST products to the construction site are also significantly lower than for precast concrete elements. Up to 190m² VST walls or 480m² VST ceilings can be delivered per truck.

Architectural flexibility

Architektonische Flexibilitaet

When using VST technology, the customer is not bound to specific design specifications, but can freely design the project according to his own ideas. The VST products are produced and delivered precisely to the customer’s specifications. Even difficult architectural design elements such as curved walls can be easily implemented with VST technology. Buildings erected with VST technology have been awarded architecture prizes.

Green Building and Sustainability

Green Building

It is our concern to reduce our ecological footprint. An important step in this direction was the passive house certification of the VST construction system in 2008. Passive houses fall into the category of sustainable construction and require around 75% less heating energy than low-energy houses. The use of VST products can make it considerably easier for building owners to achieve sustainability certificates (e.g. LEED, BREEAM, etc.).

Monolithic construction

Erdbebensicher

VST buildings are massive reinforced concrete structures, which in addition have a monolithic concrete core (i.e. the concrete core extends seamlessly throughout the entire building). This is not only an important factor for high air tightness and energy efficiency, but also increases the stability and thus the resistance of a building to natural disasters such as earthquakes or tornadoes.

Mould and pest resistance

Termitensicher

The basic product of VST elements, the cement-bonded particle board, has a high PH value of approx. 12, which excludes mould growth. This means that VST products can also be used in wet rooms. Due to the cement content in the boards, VST elements are absolutely resistant to termites and pests.

Ready to paint surfaces

wand

The VST-elements have a smooth, ready-to-paint surface. A full-surface filling or plastering can therefore be omitted. Only in the area of the panel joints a painter’s structure (filler, reinforcement, primer, paint) is to be applied.

Cost efficiency

sparen

Due to the relocation of work steps to the VST plant, these no longer have to be carried out on site. Due to the shorter construction time, the costs for site maintenance are reduced.
The number of workers required on the construction site is also considerably reduced, which is becoming an increasingly significant advantage due to the shortage of skilled workers and rising wage costs. For example, a VST assembly team consists of only 5 people.
Furthermore, the high energy efficiency of VST buildings saves operating costs.