The Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures at the Fraunhofer WKI develops solutions for the building sector. Not only industry partners from the fields of wood-based materials and pre-fabricated houses, but also manual-trade companies receive our support in the development of new systems. One particular area of expertise within our department is the combination of simulation processes with building-physical and mechanically-constructive investigation methods. The spectrum covers the development of materials for use in buildings through the complicated questions concerning individual details to complete wall systems. The improvement of the technical feasibility and suitability, as well as the optimization of the economic efficiency, is in the foreground of most developments.
One main research focus within the center is the development of reactive fire protection systems to improve the behavior of building materials and the fire resistance of components, installations and structures. A further focus is the development of detailed solutions and new materials with improved fire characteristics.