Traditional materials / Heritage
In the case of TRADITIONAL MATERIALS used in historical-artistic heritage, it should be said beforehand that the aim of conservation-restoration interventions is to restore the aesthetic, cultural and historical integrity of the deteriorated cultural asset and to guarantee its physical stability and longevity. To this end, it is necessary to properly characterise the materials that make up the asset, as well as to investigate the pathologies and understand the causes of deterioration, which will make it possible to plan a correct intervention.
In terms of SUSTAINABLE BUILDING MATERIALS, our aim is to promote the creation and use of sustainable materials that are both traditional (i.e. in line with ancient building criteria) and technically advanced. In addition, we want to ensure a link between the criteria of sustainable architecture and the principles of restoration. The choice of suitable materials that are compatible with the originals, reversible and durable is, as is well known, an essential condition for the success of a rehabilitation and/or restoration intervention. Likewise, the use of more environmentally friendly materials (e.g. plant and mineral materials, manufactured using non-polluting and more energy-efficient processes) makes it possible to carry out restoration projects in accordance with environmental and economic sustainability criteria.
CHARACTERISATION AND STUDY OF MATERIALS
TECHNICAL REPORTS / HISTORICAL STUDIES
Study and diagnosis of pathologies
LINES OF WORK
TRADITIONAL AND SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS (RAW MATERIALS: STONE MATERIALS, AGGREGATES, PIGMENTS, ETC.) AND PREFABRICATED MATERIALS: MORTARS, RAMMED EARTH, BINDERS, ADDITIVES, PAINTS, CERAMICS, ETC.) AND PREFABRICATED MATERIALS: MORTARS, RAMMED EARTH, BINDERS, ADDITIVES, PAINTS, CERAMICS, ETC.).
Characterisation by testing
Studies aimed at specific uses
Feasibility studies for specific uses
Advice on performance and uses
Design of materials based on traditional binders (lime, gypsum, clay) and organic materials derived from the plant (plants, algae) and animal world.
Proposal for the use of agricultural and livestock waste in the construction sector
Sale of know-how
External R&D&I service to companies
Evaluation of restoration and cleaning products (consolidants, water repellents, etc.)
Authentication of works of art
Study and diagnosis of construction pathologies (civil works, restoration, etc.).
- Building site visit
- Identification of causes and processes
- Assessment of the degree of alteration
- Expert report
- Proposal of solutions
- Studies prior to conservation-restoration intervention
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