Construction Materials

Advice, video, expert comment and strategies on carbon reduction strategies when using sustainable construction materials

Bamboo

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, ...

Cross Laminated Timber – market overview

Cross Laminated Timber – market overview

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 ...

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Creating urban colour using pigmented concrete

Use of pigmented concrete is growing - we look at its pros and cons 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 qualities for architectural projects ...

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 Researchers at Swansea University in the UK and Hanson, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement, are running a demonstration unit to produce cement using green hydrogen as the fuel source. ...

Transparent wood

Researchers discover new way 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 ...

Building work

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 systems, among other building applications. ​ Aerogel-enhanced ...

Nanotechnology use in construction materials

Nanotechnology: Improving construction material durability and performance

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 in electronics, energy harvesting and medicine. ...

Mars

Emulating Martian soil on Earth to create super-strength concrete

Martian Concrete could be key to future human colonisation on Mars As engineers continue to evolve modern concrete on Earth, some materials scientists have taken their concrete visions one step further into space. Scientists led by Lin Wan at Northwestern University in the US developed the Martian concrete using materials that are ...

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