“LIGHTWEIGHT CERAMIC TILES DEVELOPMENT AND TEST CASE FOR GREEN BUILDINGS ”
Lightweight ceramic tiles are easy to transport, handle and install, demand less operational energy and reduce substantially their environmental footprint, as well as the relative costs. Based on end applications, lightweight attributes have been coupled with enhanced superficial properties and multifunctionalities, such as, self-cleaning properties and NOx degradation, which can be achieved with the aid of nanomaterials (TiO2). This application will provide further uptake of innovative solutions for energy conservation in building.
Reduction in energy consumption for lightweight constructions is related to reduce building time, the weight of the structure, easy to store and transport, thereby reducing their environmental footprint. Lightweight products have significantly less embodied energy compared with traditional alternatives. At least 15% indirect reduction in energy consumption across sectors using lighter materials in their products and processes could be achieved.
The case study includes the development of the ceramic lightweight tiles from the laboratory scale to its industrial production, characterizing its properties and energy consumption throughout the process.
In the year 2000, he joined the KERABEN GRUPO staff, where he has developed various responsibilities within the Logistics, IT and R&D departments. He currently is the Head or R&D of VICTORIA CERAMICS SPAIN. KERABEN GRUPO SAU is a Spanish Ceramic Tiles manufacturer and the controlling company of VICTORIA CERAMICS SPAIN, the ceramics division of VICTORIA PLC, including several important ceramic companies such as KERABEN GRUPO and SALON.
He is skilled in technical and administrative management of R&D projects, and he has conducted a large number of projects, taking part during the last 10 years in more than 20 national projects and 9 European projects – being the coordinator of 3 of them -.
He is a member of the Management Board of the Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials technology platform – MATERPLAT, and active member of the Spanish Construction Technology Platform – PTEC, and the European Platform of Construction Technologies – ECTP.
He is currently a lecturer for the Master in Industrial Processes Management at the Universitat Jaume I from Castellón, Spain.