EuCIA joined construction and infrastructure professionals from around the world at the first JEC Summit on Building & Infrastructure in Paris on 4th March. Under the theme Composites: Shaping the Future of Low Carbon Construction, the event aimed to raise awareness of the advantages of composite materials, their applications in building and infrastructure, and their potential for reducing the environmental impact of construction.

EuCIA’s President, Professor Roberto Frassine, participated in the opening session of the summit, together with Liesbeth Tromp, Project Manager and Consultant Fibre Reinforced Polymers, Lee Canning, Senior Associate Director at Jacobs, and Steven Hale, Director Engineering Innovations, NEOM. The expert panel discussed the benefits of composites in construction and how they contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

This was followed by a discussion of new standards and their importance for the construction industry, where Professor Luigi Ascione of the University of Salerno, and Professor Antonio Nanni, President of the American Concrete Institute, shared the latest developments in the US and Europe. Professor Ascione is leader of the CEN Working Group which prepared the European technical standard CEN/TS 19101: Design of Fibre-Polymer Composite Structures, the future Eurocode for composites.

The conference continued with seven presentations showcasing best practices and recent projects in architecture, civil engineering, and smart cities.

A networking session, enabling composites and construction professionals to engage in further discussions, concluded the day.

This event was organised by JEC, moderated by Construction Europe (KHL Group), and sponsored by Owens Corning.


(From left to right) Raphaël Pleynet, Managing Director, EuCIA; Professor Ignace Verpoest, Emeritus Professor, KU Leuven; Professor Luigi Ascione, University of Salerno; Nelly Baron, VP Content, Marketing & Communication, JEC; Professor Roberto Frassine, President, EuCIA; Antonio Nanni, President, American Concrete Institute.

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