Tight construction schedules pose challenges for materials development. There is a lot of talk about the tightness of construction schedules and many of the problems that have arisen in buildings are precisely due to tight schedules. Scheduling factors are present-day and are due in part to delays in renovation / construction decisions, in part to the rigor of site schedule planning and cost-competitive factors, and other unforeseen problems. Schedules have always been and will always be tight on site, therefore, instead of worrying, we should focus on solving construction quality problems, also taking into account the challenges of tight schedules. Can the environment adapt? The whole construction process requires review. For example, why isn’t the interaction of products tested for all products? It should be noted that buildings dry out over time even years after commissioning, and therefore moisture cannot be completely removed even if construction schedules are relaxed.
Concrete coatings have been used in conditions where machine rooms are coated before the roof is even installed. Concrete coatings do not release harmful compounds into the indoor air, even if moisture remains in the structures, in addition, there are breathable coatings for spaces where floors located on the ground, that allow moisture to rise from the ground. Concrete coatings are tested with extreme precision, and the tests take into account the entire method and how the coated structure reacts with moisture, chemicals and stress from the outside.
Change starts with people – solutions exist. Of course, one product cannot solve all the problems, but everyone must also take responsibility for the interactions. We at Nanten want to offer flooring solutions that are not a problem but a solution. Nanten wants to be a pioneer and provide the market with safe materials that adapt to today’s construction.
As mentioned, a wide range of problems are identified in buildings, of which humidity and indoor air management have taken center stage in these discussions. The change is seen as frightening and giving up old ways feels challenging. There is still a desire to stick to certain ways of working, even if the ways of working are constantly changing. Reasonable material choices could achieve good results, but it requires individuals with the desire and courage to develop the field.