As a Materials Expert, Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI) has a strong portfolio of innovative technologies to support and collaborate with the industry, offering frontier-applied research on advanced materials as well as technology transfer for commercialisation success.
NAMI is designated by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the Hong Kong Government as a Research and Development Center for nanotechnology and advanced materials. NAMI undertakes and provides support for market-driven research in nanotechnology and advanced materials, and strives for commercialisation of the technologies to benefit the industry and the society at large, as well as re-industrialisation to promote the economic growth and sustainability of Hong Kong.
NAMI has identified opportunities to reshape the construction industries from four research themes - super concrete; sustainable pavement materials technology; advanced materials for construction robotics; and functional coating and repair materials technologies for buildings. NAMI will continue the thrusts in endeavoring to develop advanced construction and building materials technologies in order to address the demands of the local industry towards an innovative and sustainable city.
NAMI has developed MiC steel, concrete and hybrid structural systems using high performance lightweight concrete and steel materials to improve the productivity of the local industry.
NAMI's lightweight concrete has C-25 structural strength, but weighs only 60% of normal concrete with density of 1500kg/m³. Owing to its low density and cellular structure, the foamed concrete imparts 3 times thermal insulation than normal concrete, enabling the finished modules potentially considerable electricity saving. The material has also passed the fire resistance tests for wall and slab panels.
Elderly's Home at Jat Min Chuen Chung Yuet Lau
|Project Client:||Hong Kong Housing Society|
|Project Role:||Material technology provider|
|Types of Module:||Hybrid|
|No. of MiC Modules:||136|
|CFA (m²):||CFA: 2,733; MiC GFA: 1,719|
|No. of Floors:||10|
|No. of Units:||64|
|Main Contract Period:||2020 - 2023|
|MiC Part:||Residential floors on 2nd to 9th floors|
|Other Project Features:||Hybrid MiC on 2nd to 9th floors are adopting:
- Steel structure; and
- Wall panels with NAMI's high strength lightweight concrete
Quickly build high-quality Light Public Housing with MiC
The LPH Scheme will be led by the Architectural Services Department with the adoption of MiC. The Housing Bureau has selected eight sites in Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Sheung Shui, Kai Tak, Ngau Tau Kok and Chai Wai, providing around 30,000 LPH units. The construction period takes only one to two years. Each units equipped with self-contained toilet and basic facilities such as water heater and air-con. The first batch of around 2,100 units will be completed in 2024-25 and the remaining units will be completed by phases in 2025-26 and 2026-27, so as to shorten the waiting time of public housing.