The Perfect Modern Material

Dincel Construction System

Developed and manufactured by Australian company Dincel Construction System, the revolutionary Dincel Construction System is the product of over a decade long pursuit of excellence spearheaded by company founder, Burak Dincel.

Migrating to Australia in 1979 from Turkey (in what he nostalgically refers to as a pursuit of love of a beautiful lady), Burak Dincel – though possessing qualifications from his homeland as a structural engineer – spoke not a word of English and found himself without professional standing in the Australian market. By 1990, he had established a partnership with an English mentor twenty years his senior, through which the duo provided consulting engineering manufacturing. Less than five years later, Mr Dincel had taken over the company and was well on his way to launching Dincel into considerable success in the fields of engineering, building and property development.

After years of experience in the field in Australia, Mr Dincel began to notice certain issues within the construction industry that he found to be alarming – causing him to explore the issues at greater depth and with greater fervor.

He bore witness to the decline of century old traditional methods of construction and building – in particular brick works – and carefully observed the techniques governing bodies were utilising to force the antiquated technique out of the market. Through his research, Mr Dincel uncovered what he believed to be a connection between newly instituted acoustic requirements for floor slabs and an increased cost pressure on builders – not only in the floor slabs but also, and more importantly, in the necessary brick works for support of the storied buildings.

At first, Mr Dincel was outraged, developing a report on the economic impacts of this new legislation on the construction industry. “I said, ‘this is ridiculous – this will effectively kill the construction industry,’” he recalls. “So I sent my report to everybody who was involved – industry, parliament, business owners, architects, engineers – I remember I even sent it to the Prime Minister!”

For his work, Burak Dincel was appointed as a member of the national representative body in December 1999, where he spoke passionately about his concerns for builders and the brick industry.

What he discovered, however, was not a dark conspiracy but rather the honest attempt of policy makers to increase levels of quality and safety within the construction industry as more and more buildings were falling prey to old and faulty brickwork. Not only was this resulting in financial setbacks, but it was becoming a public health hazard.

Watching – and being part of – the inevitable decline of the brick industry was significant for Mr Dincel’s development as a structural engineer. Not only was he faced with the politics of change, but also with the very real long term consequences of engineering choices. These experiences are what ultimately led him, through six years of worldwide research and development – with extensive consultation from other engineers, architects, builders and developers – to design the Dincel Construction System.

“At the heart of Dincel,” he says, “is the passion to deliver a complete construction system that reduces costs by increasing the speed, safety and simplicity of construction.”

Clearly a man of deep passions and possessing a stronger than average sense of moral obligation, Mr Dincel has not only sought out a better construction system than those that came before it, but he has sought to make his system the absolute best one possible – with consideration of all financial, structural, environmental and safety concerns.

Working ten hour days, he began to explore options. First, he considered placing steel planks back to back, but then discovered that doing so would trap heat inside, which could potentially be catastrophic. “Some people think when you put more steel and more concrete the structures will be stronger, but it is a completely wrong approach – it is in fact detrimental. You have to design at an optimal level. Too small is dangerous but too much is equally dangerous.”

Next, he explored the possibility of using cellulose fibre-reinforced sheets as a formwork, but soon realised that when used in a wet environment (which can sometimes be the case in Australia’s wet season) an organic separation occurs which allows for the growth of mould and mildew, eventually resulting in sick building syndrome.

After a more than exhaustive search, Mr Dincel came upon what he now considers to be the only material perfectly suitable for building construction – PVC.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the most widely produced plastics and is frequently used in construction because it is cheaper and stronger than conventional materials. It is an ideal option for its resistance to chemical and biological factors – and, with an increase in its chlorine content, PVC becomes naturally resistant against fires.

However, much debate has been focussed on the environmental impacts of PVC – including everything from degradation and the resulting Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which are introduced into the environment, to the leaching of plasticisers.

Having done his homework in this area, Burak Dincel was able to develop a new variation of purpose-built PVC which not only had elevated levels of chlorine, but which also removed all of the heavy metals and plasticisers from the final product. In one fell swoop, he was able to develop an ideal product which exceeded construction engineering demands while also mitigating environmental risks.

“At the beginning of my studies, I was a structural engineer,” recounts Mr Dincel. “I didn’t even see one process plan and I knew nothing about the industry. First, I educated myself about chemical engineering and learned why environmental lobbyists were concerned. I decided if Greenpeace has an issue, I needed to come up with a product that can avoid each of those issues. That is what I have achieved. The second thing that I have done is to look at my manufacturing process.”

Of equal importance to these concerns was the issue of wastage procedure both onsite and at end of life, which could become of great concern with large quantities of PVC waste products emerging years down the line. Through careful consideration and clever engineering, Mr Dincel has also – astoundingly – developed a system which is capable of producing zero waste. Because customers are able to order profiles to any specified length, site wastages are completely eliminated during the construction. “Furthermore, I designed our system so that when it is at the end of the life cycle it can be totally recycled, which is another important issue.”

With an extraordinary end result, the Dincel Construction System provides a modern and efficient building alternative that offers highly improved green credentials over traditional wall construction.

At its heart, the Dincel Construction System offers a polymer formwork for walls and columns which can easily be filled with ready mixed concrete to produce an efficient, load bearing, fire resistant, strong and durable structure. Utilising patented “snap-on” joints, the panels are easily connected by hand, and are cut to custom lengths in the factory so as to be utilised in both walls and columns.

The System enables load bearing walls and columns to be constructed at lower cost, in less time and with lower skill demand than traditional masonry or concrete.

“It has emerged as an advanced and innovative real solution to many of today’s construction problems. When evaluated against a range of commercial, technical, environmental and OH&S criteria, the Dincel Construction System delivers more affordable and safer homes, schools, hospitals, multi-storey buildings and factories.”

When interviewed about how Dincel has been successfully utilised by builders, consultants and clients, Dincel’s Director and Structural Engineer Alan Hamilton advised: “An example is Liberty Builders in Melbourne. Dincel has benefitted them and their clients as it has provided a means to build quicker and for less cost. A typical example is a 30 apartment project of Liberty’s in Hawthorn, where they advised that they were able to re-design the entire structure for their client using Dincel, saving six weeks of construction time, approximately $135,000 in construction costs and achieved higher ceilings and more floor space. I know that they have also done this for many of their other apartment projects also.”

And so, through one man’s extraordinary journey to not only learn the Australian construction industry, but further to advance the state-of-art within it, he has indeed also protected the health and safety of our communities both today and for tomorrow.

Dincel continues to evolve with support, continuous evaluation, and testing by leading Universities and organisations, as well as feedback from clients and from the industry.

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November 29, 2021, 2:25 PM AEDT