Dr. Carl Maywald has entered Vector Foiltec in 2008 as head of the R & D department. He has been assigned to extend the scientific and technical lead of Vector Foiltec. Carl holds a PhD in the field of Atomic Physics. Working closely with VF’s engineering department he has advanced expertise regarding novel structural skins, particularly in the field of building physics, i.e. acoustic, thermal and optical properties, as well as in areas of material and system development, analytical processes and quality control management with focus on ETFE cladding systems. Carl holds several patents on thermal insulation as well as roof surveillance and control concepts.  Much emphasis has been put on proving the outstanding environmental benefits of the Texlon® ETFE system by publishing the first environmental product declaration (EPD) for transparent building cladding systems worldwide, the Texlon® EPD, in 2011. Dr. Maywald has analyzed the acoustic properties of lightweight membranes for roof as well as for façade applications. Besides being member of the German (DIN) and European (CEN) Norm Committee for membranes, today Dr. Maywald is a resource to the engineering team on complex projects while pushing a detailed research agenda.

Challenges in Standards (ISO / CEN ) of novel materials and structures


Even though the primary intention for the development of International Standards (ISO) as well as European Standards (CEN) and National Standards (e.g. for Germany: DIN, France: AFNOR, United Kingdom: BSI, Spain: UNE, Slovakia: UNMS SR) differs, they are basically established in order to provide common standards, i.e. understanding in mostly all fields.  The time required for launching of just one standard is minimum 10 years. Thus, standards are seen as the backbone of engineering. One of the core goals is the enhancement of safety for both products and processes. Regarding products, building products in particular, the general comprehension regarding enhanced safety is represented by the term „resistance“. Especially when it comes to innovative materials and systems this concept is not only not sufficient but can lead to wrong results. In addition, the existing standards have to be challenged regarding validity: do they really provide the correct answers in respect to the answer of the material or system when exposed to external loads? We will discuss these aspects with regards to Mechanical Performance, Fire Performance, Acoustic Performance, Life Cycle Assessment, Optical / Thermal Performance