Reshaping the Future of Plastic Buildings

by Howard Smallowitz, Asst. News Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 5, Pg. 38-41

Document Type: Feature article


Plastic structures have been around for 40 years, but have for the most part been showcases with little use in the mainstream of the building industry. To be used effectively, plastics must be reinforced, and the reinforcements should be placed within each structural section to compensate for the material's weaknesses, and to maximize its advantages. Only then can it become cost effective to use, and still in only very special applications. More research, communication between members of the field and education will be necessary before it becomes a widely used construction material.

Subject Headings: Construction materials | Plastics | Construction industry | Industrial facilities | Professional development | Education

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