Materials

Materials of the future – they’re here

Just like climate change these materials are not of the future – they are here now. And their development must be accelerated if we want to reach zero carbon or better.

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Victoria goes hard on cladding but NSW remains limp

The Victorian government has pledged to severely restrict the use of problem cladding and step up its compliance activity after release of interim recommendations from the Victorian Cladding Taskforce.

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Smart glass gets smarter with gradation-tint

Japanese scientists have developed a smart window that can not only alternate between light and dark, but can produce various shades of tint across its surface.

Want better concrete? Just add plastic

Concrete infused with plastic can create stronger, more flexible structures, reducing the material’s global carbon footprint and redirecting plastics from landfill, according to a study by MIT students.

Glulam making its way from buildings to bridges

Glulam is making its way from buildings to bridges, becoming a cost-effective, viable and sustainable alternative to steel and concrete, according to research out of South Dakota State University in the US.

How to choose the best windows for your building

They say windows are the eyes of a building – and your eyes are a window to your soul. To help your buildings’ windows best serve the needs of its occupants, the UK’s NHBC Foundation has released a special guide.

Labor pressures government to ban PE cladding

Federal Labor is pressuring the Turnbull government to announce a ban on flammable polyethylene (PE) cladding, ahead of Friday’s meeting of the Building Ministers’ Forum.