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The Advantages of Wood Plastic Composite in Construction

By Januari 8, 2024No Comments
Malaysia's Rise as a Pioneer in Sustainable Construction Materials

Explore the green revolution in construction with wood plastic composite (WPC), a sustainable and versatile material highlighted for its eco-friendly attributes and user-friendly applications in the building industry.

Dr Loh Yueh Feng, Deputy Director (R&D) of the Fibre and Biocomposite Centre (FIDEC) in Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB), delivered a compelling overview of Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) during the recent International Construction Transformation Conference (ICTC) 2023 in Kuala Lumpur.

WPC emerges as a revolutionary solution in construction, offering a comprehensive set of advantages. Dr Loh highlights key reasons to opt for WPC, emphasising its sustainability, extended lifespan, cost-saving potential, weather resistance, high durability, and resistance to termites and insects.

She said: โ€œSustainability is a driving force behind WPC adoption, composed of 70% biomass material and 30% thermoplastic, minimising environmental impact. Its extended lifespan surpasses conventional alternatives, providing a durable solution for various applications.โ€

Inisiatif Baharu Meningkatkan Akses kepada Bahan Binaan Berkualiti untuk Kontraktor Kecil Malaysia

The cost-saving potential enhances WPC’s appeal, proving to be a budget-friendly choice without compromising quality or durability. Weather resistance makes WPC ideal for structures exposed to the elements.

High durability, combined with resistance to termites and insects, positions WPC as a low-maintenance and resilient option. Dr Loh notes that these qualities contribute to its suitability for a wide range of construction applications.

Inisiatif Baharu Meningkatkan Akses kepada Bahan Binaan Berkualiti untuk Kontraktor Kecil Malaysia

Going beyond inherent advantages, WPC introduces a paradigm shift with prefabrication using the Knock-down and Industrialised Building System (IBS). Installation becomes streamlined, guided by 2D/3D drawings, offering easy replacement in case of damage.

Inisiatif Baharu Meningkatkan Akses kepada Bahan Binaan Berkualiti untuk Kontraktor Kecil Malaysia

These characteristics collectively make WPC an attractive choice for those seeking construction materials prioritising safety, environmental friendliness, and overall sustainability.

In Part 3, we will explore the latest innovation in WPC โ€“ the Metal-Reinforced Wood Plastic Composite. This groundbreaking development opens doors to structural applications, marking a new era in WPC’s use in construction.

Article 1: Malaysia’s Rise as a Pioneer in Sustainable Construction Materials
Article 3: Metal-Reinforced Wood Plastic Composite: Structural Leap in Construction

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