Lightweight construction is imperative for bridging wide spans and reaching great heights. For more common dimensions and for moderate size structures the introduction of lightweight technology primarily means savings in material and energy, two major points which were disregarded in the past.
However, in view of the growing importance of economic and ecological considerations these two aspects will gain in significance, thus increasingly influencing the design of structures.
Consequently, the design and development of lightweight structures as well as the procedures for selecting, shaping and joining various materials will play a major role in the future. The association for the advancement of lightweight construction was established as a non-profit organisation to promote this philosophy and make it accessible for the general public.