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12 March 2018
Brazilian construction system wins JEC innovation award 2018

G12, a Brazilian company specializing in technologies involving the use of composites, created a fully industrialized modular construction system that integrates kitchen, bathroom and laundry into a single structure. In other words, the wet areas of a home. 

Developed at the request of the Argentinean company Materiales Compuestos (MC), the innovation, no wonder it is called the Wet Core Pod, won the JEC Innovation Awards, the main innovation award in the global composites sector – which took place on March 7, in Paris, at JEC World 2018. The victory reverberated to such an extent that G12 was invited by the Brazilian embassy in France to show its work. 

In addition to being an innovative construction solution, the Brazilian development combines the use of five composite molding processes, and it is worth noting that it is not limited to the fabrication of the Wet Core Pod – it can be used in dozens of other applications, such as service stations, dormitories, complete homes, etc. “This versatility has already caught the eye of investors from Europe, Africa and Asia,” said Erivelto Mussio, G12 project leader. 

On average, the Wet Core Pod reduces the time required to complete the construction works by up to 60 days. This is because, in traditional construction methods, the most complex stages are precisely those related to the construction of wet spaces. “The Wet Core Pod is already supplied with the electrical and hydraulic installations straight from factory, only requiring the connection to the residence inlets during the construction works. In addition, the fact that it is modular also considerably increases the speed of installation, as well as the design flexibility.”

Ideal to meet government demands for popular housing, its price is quite similar to conventional methods. “In Latin America, where the cost of labor is low, the main advantage for the construction company is the increased productivity and, as a result, the improvement of its financial cycle.” In developed countries, he estimates that the Wet Core Pod will reduce the total cost of the house by 10-15%.

The basic model occupies an area of 7.41 m², and only one structure is necessary to accommodate kitchen, bathroom and laundry. For being fully made of composites, the Wet Core Pod has a high durability and better thermo-acoustic insulation than masonry. It is also lighter – each module weighs about 1,000 kg – which facilitates transportation in hard-to-reach areas. “The construction of the modules next to the installation site is justified for volumes above 300 units".  

Strategic alliances

In parallel to its unique technical features, one of the advantages of the Wet Core Pod involves the strategic alliances established for its development. In addition to the participation of G12 and two other Brazilian companies – Purcom and AJB –, also participated in the project the Argentinean companies MC and Plaquimet, and the French company Composite Integrity, which is part of the IS Group. 

“This is a modern business model focused on combining the competencies of each participant. It’s been a long time that the world no longer has borders, and the creation of products must increasingly take advantage of this condition,” said Gilmar Lima, founder of G12.  

Founded in 2016, in the city of Curitiba (Paraná), G12 is a company specializing in the development of products, markets and businesses focused on innovation and value creation, through the multiplication of knowledge networks and outstanding management practices.

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