SINH website ¡Hola, bienvenido!

We have reached a new digital milestone, just two months after we have launched our SINH website in German. Now it is turn for our website in Spanish. From now on the Spanish speaking architect, the dealer and construction worker is able to get to know everything about versatile sheating material made of magnesium oxide (MgO). ¡Hola, bienvenido SINH!


Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain

 

Spanish construction industry

After the bursting of the bubble in the Spanish construction and real estate market in 2007, after 2014 recovery in sight. The construction sector in Spain is growing again. The perpective for 2017 is a growth of 3 to 4%.

In addition to the economic outlook improvement in Spain, there is increasing emphasis on cost-effective construction solutions, innovation and sustainability in the construction industry. Several concepts such as prefabricated, circular building and building energy neutral attract more and more attention. Magnesium oxide boards is a perfect fit for these developments.

Latin America

MgO boards are widely applied in the construction projects in countries like Chili and Mexico. Especially if we mention prefab buildings and SIP panels. Which country follows on this continent!?

About SINH Building Solutions

SINH Building Solutions (Formerly known as Withindia) is located in Netherlands and in China. We develop and supply cost-effective, sustainable and innovative building materials for passive fire protection. Our solutions are applied in new-build, renovation or restoration projects. Our core product is SINH™ board made of magnesium oxide (MgO). This is a superior replacement for all gypsum and fiber cement wallboards, can also be used structurally to replace osb or plywood sheathing. Particularly useful for assemblies rated against damage by fire, water, sound, impact and mould. In addition to these characteristics, MgO has excellent adhesion values that are perfect for stucco, acrylic stucco, wallpaper, stone, tile, brick, and much more.

We invite you to visit the SINH website!

 

Blog: Pablo Heiliegers

 

Buy cheap and waste money

Recently one of our customers drew my attention to the study “Magnesium oxide boards cause moisture damage inside facades in new Danish buildings” conducted by Kurt Kiel Overgaard Hansen, Tommy Bunch-Nielsen, Bent and Carsten Grelk Red. These authors are working at the Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark and the Bunch Building Institute. The focus of the study was around treating the application of magnesium oxide, or shortly MgO boards in ventilated facades.

The article describes the effect of drops of saline (sodium chloride in water) (NaCl) leaked from the boards falling at screws, fittings and anchors of metal which resulted in negative impacts on the façade structure and a loss of several million Euros for the builder. The research concluded that MgO boards should not be used in ventilated façade systems and in situations where excessive humidity exists. The boards used by the Danes are dissolved by water and the drops of salt erodes metal construction materials. In the article several tests have been conducted to underpin the analyses.


ventilated facade in Denmark

 

Why you can not draw any generic conclusions based on this article?

The Danish investigators only refer to the sheathing board product that is used by this company. It is almost impossible to find out where this building material is purchased, as well as the composition of the boards and which quality control system is used in order to guarantee the performance.

The importance of CE-certified building materials

Our answer to this problem is a CE-certificate combined with a Declaration of Performance (DoP). The MgO board purchasing expert is aware of China’s availability of cheap and low range sheathing board products. You might come across Chinese producers who have a Quality Certificate and even a copy of a CE Certificate copied of somebody else. (Known as a Chinese Export certificate). The total expenses of European certification is more than USD 150.000. In addition, for many producers in China it is hard to comply with all requirements of CE marking. The plant of SINH (Ningbo) Construction Material Co. Ltd. is one of the few CE certified MgO board producing companies with audits of the Dutch independent organization KIWA. This voluntary CE marking ensures consistent quality that is recorded through an accredited DoP Declaration and an ETA (European Technical Assessment) by European standards. Therefore, it is of vital importance to purchase MgO boards from solid certified companies instead of going for a quick (and cheap) Alibaba deal.

CE marking

 

The chemical composition of the board

The article starts with the basic problem of the generation of tears on the board, which results in salty water, and consequently causes corrosion of the metal parts. Although a very thorough analysis, unfortunately the research does not conclude with a solution to the problem. The professional purchaser is already aware of the problem, with the recipe of non-certified MgO building materials and the knowledge that this will bring consequential losses in the future. It is impossible to mess with recipes having CE marking accompanied by a DoP, without any consequences for the CE certification. SINH Building Solutions is fully aware of the issues relating to the leaking of salty water on boards, with the amount of chloride and saw-dust in this product. With our unique recipe, we guarantee that the SINH™ board will not show the same problems that were described in this Danish study.

Why buy cheap and waste money?

A very common filling material for MgO boards is saw dust. This is a relatively cheap filler, which also fits perfectly in dry conditions. The producer can create more margin and/or guarantee low purchasing prices for the trader if he increases the amount of wood, which is at the expense of the amount of magnesium oxide powder in the recipe. These kinds of non- certified producers fail to show concern around the integrity of the board which may swell, mold or even start to rot. The same he can do adding big particle saw dust.


SINH™ board certified MgO boards

 

Application of MgO boards in facades

A MgO board is an open material, which means it has good moisture ab- and desorption properties. The application of this material in ventilated facades, could have been correct if the chemical recipe contained the right mix of material. Above that we always recommend our customers to protect the boards for all kinds of weather conditions. Doing so the MgO board will become an underlayment board. We have found many glue- stucco- and paint companies such as: Innotec, Schönox, Ardex, Codex, Coba, Bostik, Strikolith, etc. who have tested our boards thoroughly with submersion and freezing-thawing scenarios with some suppliers even providing a warranty of 10 years.

These companies also provide working instructions for the usage of their products. Options to finish the board are: stone strips, ceramics, cork, paint or plaster work.

Contact Team SINH

The SINH Building Solutions team invites you to add on sharing information about this subject and contribute to this discussion. We are keen to know how we can cooperate with your company to make successful use of this great material. Call us: +31 (0)88 374 8400, drop an e-mail or fill out our contact form below.

 

Blog: Jan Engels

 

Green building materials FIRST!

The Environment Committee of the European Parliament wants wants to ban the rights for the cement industry for free CO2 emission rights for building materials. This means we have to use greener building materials to contribute to a more sustainable world.

The cement industry has to buy her allowances at auction (Emission Trading System) starting from 2020 and 2030. The recent conclusion of “Carbon Market Watch”, an organization that follows the emissions market, is evident and shows the cement industry earned between 2008 and 2015 about 5 billion in excess free undistributed rights.

In February 2017 the European Parliament will vote on this proposal and the final decision follows in consultation with the European leaders.

CO2 emission building materials: background

Concrete is the most used building material allover the world. We need Cement in order to be able to make concrete. In addition we need a huge amount of ‘marl’ (calcium carbonate) to make cement. Calcium carbonate degrades during the furnace process in amongst 56% calcium oxide and 44% CO2!

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In 2014 more than 4.1 billion m3 of cement is produced and processed worldwide, with a weight of more than 8.1 trillion kilograms leads to the same amount of CO2 emissions! Therefore the cement and concrete industry is responsible for 5% of the global CO2 emissions.

The biggest producers are located in China (54%) and India (7%).

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Source: statista.com

 

The winners: green building materials 

In addition to all the initiatives already taken to make cement and concrete more environmental friendly and which are described in several articles, we offer a greener alternative, namely: magnesium oxide board materials. Magnesium oxide (MgO) boards are widely used in China, Japan, Australia, USA and Korea. In Europe, it is still a relatively new building material. SINH™ board is one of the few brands active in The Netherlands and in the rest of Europe. To produce magnesium oxide you only need the half of temperature of the production of cement and concrete. In conclusion our solution leads directly to a 50% cut of the total amount of CO2 emissions.

From now on it is: green building materials first!
It’s easy as that!

Download our MgO carbon footprint Infographic for free!

Ask for it by submitting the contact form below.

 

Blog: Jan Engels & Pablo Heiliegers

Withindia Building Solutions expands! Sustainable growth and focus on Europe

2016 is almost nearing it’s end, days become shorter and nights longer. The bustle and cozy month of December is arriving soon. This fact provides room and the need for reflection. A lookback at a tumultious but a momentous year.
Futhermore the parent company of SINH™ is futureoriented as well. Sustainable growth is the key word. Sustainable in many ways: In conclusion Withindia Building Solutions is expanding!

Focus: Europe

The company activities changed in India, and after starting a new business unit in China, with focus shifted to Europe the next year. A clear and logical step. The European economy is growing, exports are on the rise, and the construction industry is recovering after many years… Therefore the traffic light is GREEN! Given the fundamental importance to make this world more sustainable, and the reduction of CO2  has become a necessity. Withindia Building Solutions wants en needs to contribute to it. Our focus on growth is mainly in Europe, as a result everything falls into place. 

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“Seems like the European construction market is full of opportunities. Most noteworthy are the recent trends in this business with continious focus on prefab, the transition of energy of natural gas to electricity and their underlying innovation and sustainable solutions,.are for constructors, workers and architects a great addition to current construction systems. Furthermote new alternative materials will be available for alrready existing construction materialsn. One of them is 
Magnesium oxide boards

Jan Engels (CEO)

Team spirit Withinindia BV

The head office of Withindia Building Solutions is located in a small creative part of The Hague, in the old Caballero Factory to be more precise. Popularly known as The CabFab.  Where in old times it was all about producing cigarettes, nowadays this venue embodies activities in the fields of multimedia, graphic design, photography, publicity, ICT, communications, events and architecture. Today all companies located in The CabFab have innovative, creative and cultural spirit. All are elements of vital importance to Withindia. For instance, we have a evident connection with India. Thus SINH means lion in Hindi.

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The passion for India remains, it’s in our heart. First: The support of the charity in India with 
Mr. Keepi, is a living example. Our business focus is on sustainable growth in Europe” 
Jan Engels (CEO)

It’s not only about growth, it’s all about people!
Recently the team in the Netherlands increased with two new colleagues. We will present you the latest reinforcement:
Casper van der Made will be in charge for Finance, administration and logistics. Pablo Heiliegers will take care of marketing, communications and commercial matters. We welcome both gentlemen to our beautiful team and that they contribute to innovation and sustainability to the construction industry!

Read more about who we are and what we do at the website of Withindia,
or have a look at website of SINH™ for more information concerning magnesium oxide solutions.

 
Blog: Pablo Heiliegers

SINH™ magnesium oxide building products at Green Building Congress

The Green Building Congress took place in Mumbai from 6 to 8 October this year. The Indian Green Building Council facilitated this event.
This is a look back of Withindia Building Solutions. 

Professionals from all over the world linked to sustainable building showed up during this congress to attend speeches from the leading innovators in green building. In addition companies connected to green building had the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their latest product innovations at the exhibition hall.
The exhibition hall contained over a hundred stands, settled by the most sustainable building brands of the world.
 
 

Withindia Building Solutions and Magnesium Oxide

Why magnesium oxide products? First of all this mineral has a low carbon footprint and it contributes to greener building methods. Withindia Building Solutions (WIBS) designs and produces panels and boards containing magnesium oxide for new-build, renovation or restoration purposes. Especially relevant is the presence of WIBS, and therefore it attended both the exhibition and congress. WIBS got the chance to introduce their product range with: SINH™ board, SINH™ laminate, and SINH™ panel to many constructors and architects. 

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Visitors at the Withindia exhibition stand at The Green Building Congress

 

“It is good to see people in India are interested and focussed on green building for a sustainable future.”

Stijn Veeger, Product Manager at Withindia Building Solutions (SINH™)

 

SINH™

Visitors have especially a lot of interest in SINH™ panelsPrefabricated building is a topic that is gaining more and more popularity in India and in addition Europe. Since this was the topic of the key note speakers of the first morning of the congress our stand was visited by innovative-thinking constructors and architects to see our SINH panel ‘LIVE’.
In conclusion: The Green Building Congress was a great success and a perfect match for WIBS.

Blog: Stijn Veeger

Fungus and Magnesium Oxide boards: happy marriage?

Last week we were called by an Indian architect, who wanted to use SINH™ boards to cover air-condition piping’s. He wanted to know if Magnesium Oxide Boards would host or stimulate the growth of fungi in his construction.

As our company has not yet conducted a test to cover this issue, I started to search the internet for answers. First of all, you should know that there are thousands of species of fungi. Most of them are unharmful, only few of them cause illness and allergies.

Like Duane Craig (2009), who is a blogger for The Construction Informer, wrote in 2009: “Most of the time even though mold is present in our buildings it isn’t actively growing to the extent we can see it with the unaided eye. Then too, mold growth is greatly affected by humidity and since many of our buildings are air conditioned, or use dehumidifiers, the opportunity for mold growth is diminished.”

I also came across an article of Pamela Hargrove (2004): Testing for Fungal Growth in Building Products: a collaborative Effort. This article shows main tests available and developed in cooperation with ASTM, the American Society for Testing and Materials.

To summarize, there are 3 main test methods for the panel products industry available:

1. ASTM G21 – is a method used to test synthetic polymers including poly(vinyl chloride) and plastics.

2. ASTM D 3273 – is a standard Test Method for Resistance to Growth of Mold on the Surface of Interior Coatings in an Environmental Chamber. This standard is for fungal growth in soil, contained in the humidified environmental chamber. Air circulation within the environmental chamber circulates the fungal spores in the chamber to the vertically suspended samples four inches over the soil. Weekly photographic images of each sample are emailed to customers so they can follow the progress of the testing.

3. ASTM D6329-98(2008)– Standard Guide for Developing Methodology for Evaluating the Ability of Indoor Materials to Support Microbial Growth Using Static Environmental Chambers. The test is designed to run for 12 weeks, four times longer than ASTM D3273. The quantitative assessment here is a count of the number of colony-forming units (CFUs) taken from samples collected during weeks 1, 6 and 12, and compared against the baseline level of CFUs at the start of the test.

Some other standards (not limitative) that have been published for testing of materials for resistance to fungi are:

  • MIL-STD 810E – Method 508.4 – Determines whether fungus will grow on a device exposed to warm, moistured air in the presence of fungus spores. The MIL-STD 810 involves spraying the test items with a composite of fungal spores and supporting the test items in the environmental chamber for 28 days.
  • ASTM C 1338 – Fungi Resistance of Insulation Materials and Facings
  • ISO 16869 – Assessment of the Effectiveness of Fungistatic Compounds in Plastics Formulations

To address the need for uncoated building products including gypsum board and cement board, a task group was formed in February 2004. The proposal in 2011 for a new test method ASTM WK32079, (Test Method for Determination of Mold Growth on Building Products designed for Exterior Applications) is one of its results.

In conclusion:

  1. Each test has its own strength and limitations;
  2. There are no special designed test methods dedicated to test fungi resistance of Magnesium Oxide Boards (external & internal applications);
  3. To limit fungi growth best is to manage humidity. To manage humidity, the architect and builder have to pay attention to building design, product choice, good construction practices and proper maintenance;
  4. Characteristics of Magnesium Oxide Boards as a material do not favour the growth of fungi due to its open molecular structure and high permeability to vapour.

 

My answer on the question “Fungus and Magnesium Oxide boards: happy marriage?” would therefore be “NO”.