Recently, a global effort of the construction industry has been observed to achieve more sustainability and circularity in design, aligned with legislative requirements such as the ESPR or the EU Green Deal. This presentation will review the impact of silicones at various levels of a sustainable design. It is well known that the use of silicone sealants strongly contributes toward a durable air and water tight building envelope and enables energy saving multi pane glazing. Both applications significantly contribute to improving energy efficiency and hence reducing the operational carbon of a façade. The benefit during the lifetime of the building outweighs several times the carbon emissions required during the production of these silicones, especially when using the DOWSIL™ Carbon-Neutral Silicones Service for façade applications. Furthermore, silicones can also contribute at other levels of a sustainable design, such as material efficiency. Silicone bonding can help reduce resource use, such as aluminium used for frames. Silicones as bonding system are easier to disassemble at end of life compared to more rigid assembly methods and allow reuse of valuable materials.
Silicones – an important enabler of sustainable design
Company: Dow Europe GmbH, Horgen, Switzerland
About the speaker:
Enrico Cutri is Global Building Projects Specification Manager and a member of the Building Science Team at Dow. Based in Switzerland, Enrico is directly responsible for the management of designated key accounts and for the introduction of product innovation, to enable the creation of sustainable, functional, high performance buildings. He works together with a global team of Dow specialists to address and support the demanding challenges of mega projects.
Experience and Expertise
Enrico has 34 years of construction experience including 23 years in the sealants and adhesives industry, collaborating with architects, engineers, main contractors and OEM’s. He has supported many landmark projects around the globe including HQ Apple Campus2 Cupertino, HQ Bloomberg London, The Shard London and HQ ECB Frankfurt.
Enrico has also worked in close co-operation with research and development and system engineering teams on material innovation and new applications and has played a pivotal role in training personnel on future business development.
2004-2006: Degree in Marketing Management, HMZ ZUG
1994-1996: Degree in Engineering & Project Management, Bern University of Applied Sciences