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Rieder Smart Elements GmbH - fibreC, Austria 
Tuesday 01 Dec 2009
 
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Concrete panel reinforced with glassfibres and enables the development of aesthetic and sustainable building projects 

The Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg is the largest and most spectacular stadium construction site in the world. Rieder Smart Elements made a significant contribution to the construction of the most important world cup stadium in Africa by realising the glassfibre reinforced concrete facade in native African colours.Rieder secured the commission from the architects of the soccer stadium, not only for its economic and holistic strategy, but also with its creative vision and sustainable product. In addition to its technical and aesthetic solution, the application of fibreC to the facade surpassed other international bidders with its eco-friendly qualities.

fibreC is a concrete panel, reinforced with glassfibres, which enables the efficient construction of aesthetically impressive and sustainable building projects. Using high-grade raw materials, composed of purely mineral substances and glass fibres, it guarantees optimum production values and reflects Rieders commitment to environmental protection. The purely organic base of fibreC allows the material to be recycled, so it is listed in the GreenSpec® directory as an environmentally preferable product and evaluated for U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® credits.

The fibreC panels were assembled at the fibreCamp on site. This field factory at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg allowed for the efficient installation of approximately 40,000 cladding panels in different colours. The 13mm thick elements offer resistance to all weather conditions. The unique characteristics additionally provide protection against vandalism which is a central decision criterion for material choice especially in the public domain. Furthermore, the fibreC cladding conforms to strict fire-protection requirements and proves to be exceptionally durable. Due to the extreme durability and robust character concrete resists highest pressure with maximum panel size at minimum thickness This reflects the Soccer City Stadium’s high technical specifications, as a modern football stadium. The surface design of the worldclass sports facility also has a landmark appearance. Designed by the South African architects Boogertman Urban Edge and Partner, it was intended to incorporate traditional African cultural influences. Through the shape of an African Pot, inspired by a calabash, a traditional drinking vessel, and the application of native colours, it blends into its warm, local landscape. As a natural product with authentic colours, fibreC complemented the architectural brief of creating a living surface for the soccer stadium.

Technical Specification:
Thickness: 10 & 13 mm
Standard Formats: 1200 x 2500 mm; 1200 x 3600 mm

Colours & Surfaces: 10 standard colours with each 3 surfaces – customised colours on demand

Binding tensile strength: min. 18 Mpa according to EN 12467
Elasticity Module: 20.000 N/mm²
Dead Load: 26 - 32 kg/m² (13 mm)
Thermal expansion coefficient: 10 x 10-6K-1
Building material class: A1 according to DIN 4102
Waterproofness: according to EN 12467
Thermal and Rain testing: according to EN 12467
Frost Resistance: according to EN 12467

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