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CTF 2022

Rethinking building materials to reduce the construction footprint

The built environment is reliant on energy-hungry materials. Iron & steel, glass, plastics, concrete and cement all require huge amounts of energy and resources to manufacture, and without finding alternative materials or new approaches, the construction sector’s efforts to reduce its emissions and carbon footprint will fail. This panel will ...

Iman Abi Saab

Easy wins to reduce embodied carbon

For a new building that is fully compliant with building codes, half of its carbon emissions are likely to be from embodied carbon. Today, about 40% of global energy rated emissions are due to buildings and construction, making the embodied element about 20%. As populations rise and the trend of ...


Modular bamboo: A versatile building material

Bamboo has potential for use as a sustainable, modular construction material due to its flexibility, durability and abundance Bamboo is considered a versatile, natural construction material that can be used to produce modular buildings. It is abundant and the plant can grow up to four feet per day. When harvested, ...

Laminated Timber (CLT)

Cross laminated timber in construction

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is a modern and sustainable building material that is gaining interest worldwide. According to ReportLinker, the global market for CLT was estimated at $992.4m in 2020, and is projected to reach $2.5bn by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 13.9% from 2020-2027. The growing demand for ...

Pigmented concrete in construction

Creating urban colour using pigmented concrete

Use of pigmented concrete is growing - we look at its pros and cons Pigmented concrete in construction Concrete is known for its strength and durability. However, it can be considered an aesthetically unfriendly and dull material. Pigmented concrete is a relatively new type of concrete that offers higher chromatic ...

Hydrogen and green cement

Hydrogen investigated in green cement manufacture

A demonstration unit in Wales is investigating the use of hydrogen to supplement gas in the production of a green cement The use of green cement for Sustainable Construction Researchers at Swansea University in the UK and Hanson, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement, are running a demonstration unit to produce ...

Transparent wood

Researchers to create transparent wood

A cost effective, more sustainable approach to transparent wood is a step closer, say researchers Researchers say they have found an easier and faster method to make wood transparent, meaning that in future it could be used as windows or in a load-bearing capacity. Typically, a lot of chemicals and ...

Aerogel use in buildings and construction

Aerogel uses in construction

Aerogel insulation for sustainable and heritage buildings Aerogel use could expand in buildings and construction, with it being used as a robust, high-performance thermal insulation material  Aerogel materials were first used in buildings in the early 2000s. Their use can be found in architectural panels, glass units and tensile roofing ...

Nanotechnology in building construction materials

Nanotechnology and improving construction performance

The application of nanotechnology in construction Nanotechnology is a promising hi-tech invention for the construction sector that will improve durability and enhance the industry’s performance Nanotechnology is defined as the application of materials that are typically 100 nanometers (nm) or less in size. Most notable applications of nanotechnology are found ...

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