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Materials in a sustainable Future

Exhibition in ELEMENTE Material Forum

Oktober 21 – November 25, 2011, Berlin

Location: ELEMENTE MaterialForum

Organisation: Dr. Sascha Peters, Sabine Raible

Opening day: Oktober 21, 2011, 7 p.m.

Insulation from the biomass of the cattail plant, textiles from the bark of a fig tree, loam building boards with latent heat storage or fibres that are produced by bacteria or proteins: Our industrial heritage is at a crossroads. Just in a few years time our important raw materials for producing high-quality plastics or for the construction of high-tech products and energy systems are not sufficiently available. Already in 2010, after the revival of industrial production, it came to bottlenecks in the high-performance polymers. The price jump in the so-called rare earths by the reduction of export quotas by the Chinese government in the summer of 2010, the need to develop alternatives became more than clear. It is therefore necessary to use materials, to make a sustainable management of our environment possible, and to protect the climate and to conserve our resources. 


At the exhibition we will present material solutions to illustrate the many aspects of the current debate on sustainability. It was compiled in cooperation between the Elemente Material Gallery and the material expert and author Dr. Sascha Peters of the company HAUTE INNOVATION. On the opening day, 21st October 2011, he will speak on the topic and give an overview of the current developments of sustainable materials. The exhibition will be shown as:


Naporo Typha: Organic material solutions to the cattail plant (Naporo GmbH)

Loam building boards with latent heat storage (Lebast Lehmbaustoffe)

Bark cloth textiles Barktex (Barkcloth Europe)

Cork materials (Amorim Cork Deutschland GmbH)

Natural fibre products (Bioformtex)

Thermo Hemp (Hock GmbH)

Corrugated board and Kraftplex of cellulose fibres (Well GmbH)

Cradle-to-Cradle: Carpets with closed material cycles (Desso GmbH)

Insulation made from recycled paper pulp (Isofloc Wärmedämmtechnik GmbH)

Climatex textiles (Gessner AG)

Innovative laminated paper systems for interior architects (SWAP Sachsen GmbH)

Insulation materials made from wood waste (Homatherm GmbH)

Climate-influencing carpets made of natural materials (Weseler Teppich GmbH)



Accompanying program

Oktober 28, 2011, 6:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

"Material Innovations with biomass of the cattail plant", Robert Schwemmer (Naporo GmbH)

"Innovative application scenarios for natural fibre products", Christian Krasemann (bioformtex)

"Tretford: Climate-influencing carpets made of natural materials", Udo Miroslawski (Weseler Teppich GmbH)


November 4, 2011, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"Thermo Hemp: Insulating materials made of hemp fibres", Jürgen Waßermann (Hock GmbH)

"Thermal renovations and new construction applications with cellulose insulation", 
Roland John (Isofloc GmbH)

"Modern insulation materials made of wood and cellulose", Cornelia Lässing (Homatherm GmbH)

"Loam surfaces for your house interior", Irmela Fromme (Werkstatt für Lehmbau)


November 11, 2011, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"Innovative cork materials in the application", Jan Castrup (Amorim Cork Deutschland GmbH)

"Kraftplex and corrugated board - Cellulosic materials for design and architecture", Franz Betz (Well GmbH)

"SWAP – Innovative laminated paper systems for interior architects", Uwe Müller (SWAP Sachsen GmbH)


November 18, 2011, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"Proteins, bacteria, fungi and Co.: Material innovations with biotechnical processes of growth", 
Dr. Sascha Peters (HAUTE INNOVATION – Agentur für Material & Technologie)

"Revolutionary heating and building technique with loam building boards", Peter Gmeiner (Lebast Lehmbaustoffe)

"Cradle-to-Cradle Carpet Design: Resource saving interior architecture by closed material cycles", 
Michael Stein (DESSO GmbH)



Some of the exhibited materials can also be found in the book: Material Revolution


Image: Light-weight material Naporo q-light from the cattail plant (Source: Naporo GmbH)

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