Construction techniques

The benefits at a glance

Are you seeking the right solution for a specific, modern concrete construction-related task? The benefits of the modern construction techniques made possible by the products of our members can be found here.

While conventional methods also lead to the goal, with the proposed solutions you can rely on speed, safety and quality. See for yourself!

Fast, safe, high-quality

Members of the ECS offer products that make building with concrete easier, safer and faster: in the case of fixing systems, products such as anchor channels ensure that elements are connected safely; lifting anchors facilitate assembly. Reinforcement for various areas of application not only makes concrete resistant to pressure, but also to tension. And the basis of a façade system for an appealing external envelope is formed by special fastenings for concrete, natural stone or brickwork façades.

Comprehensive information on each area of application can be found on the corresponding subject page. The advantages of modern construction techniques are summarised with comparisons.

Fixing systems

Fixing systems, such as anchor channels, play an important role in concrete construction for connecting construction elements with each other and for fixing façade supporting structures or installations. The requirements for anchor channels are based on specific approvals, e.g., of the DIBt (Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik).


Lifting anchor systems

Lifting anchor systems are used to transport precast concrete elements safely. They are subject to stringent safety criteria, which are governed by the Accident Prevention and Liability association in Germany, for example.





Dissipating tensile and compressive forces

Since concrete is able to absorb high compressive forces, but only low tensile forces, attempts to strengthen or reinforce concrete with iron began in the mid-19th Century. In Germany, the iron rods are still named ‘Monier Iron’ after the owner of the first patent in this field, gardener Joseph Monier. Due to the metal braid, tensile forces and – in highly stressed areas – compressive forces are absorbed effectively. The requirements for reinforcement are based on DIN 1045-1. The member companies of the ECS provide various products for reinforcing systems.

A secure hold for every façade

The word façade refers to the visible shell or external envelope of a building. Modern façades must meet the requirements of building physics because they not only protect against atmospheric influences, but also contribute to the ther

mal insulation of the building. Moreover, as part of the building’s structural system they also have a static role in terms of absorbing wind and vertical loads. In a

ddition, the façade gives a building its ‘face’. With that in mind, it must also satisfy aesthetic requirements. Different materials are available to choose from for the design of the façade, such as glass, concrete, natural stone or brickwork. Special fastenings have been developed for each of these ‘external envelopes’. The members of the ECS provide safe and proven systems for this purpose.



Acoustic isolation and first-class room acoustics

To isolate particularly susceptible components such as access balconies, stairways and landings from each other acoustically, and thus to minimise the footfall sound, components and system solutions that are matched to each other are required.

Using special transverse force connectors, with landings, for example, the reaction forces can be transferred into the wall using appropriate systems. The acoustically isolated support of the landing completely separates the component from other elements and thus prevents the spreading of sound waves in the load-bearing components. To prevent the spread of footfall sound between the landing and the stairways, there must also be an acoustic separation at this point. Today, this is achieved simply by the flexible use of stair bedding.

An important factor for acoustic protection is always that the various possibilities for sound insulation are only really efficient if there is complete separation of components and a coordinated overall concept.

Research and Innovation

ECS members develop products that are high in quality and added value for users. Coupled with reliable services, they facilitate modern alternatives to conventional construction techniques, increase safety in construction, and thus contribute to effective construction.