Materials

Brisbane river Queensland

Cladding and compliance scandal: the saga continues

While audits into cladding on high-rise buildings continue to deliver bad news, the long-awaited Shergold and Weir review of building regulations has thrown down the gauntlet to building ministers to step up and adopt a national approach to compliance and enforcement.

pouring concrete

Graphene “game-changer” means stronger, greener concrete

University of Exeter researchers have found a way to incorporate wonder material graphene into the traditional concrete production process, a move they say could revolutionise the construction industry and lead to a much greener, stronger and durable product.

Biochar derived from wood waste

Wood waste could find new home in concrete

Biochar derived from wood waste could make concrete buildings 20 per cent stronger and 50 per cent more impermeable to water, according to new research out of the National University of Singapore.

Kingspan Somerton Ground

Why regional sourcing makes sense for building projects

When it comes to sourcing materials for a building project, thinking local can have huge benefits, including sustainability wins, greater transparency around compliance and enhanced financial flexibility.

Cladding facade strata

Strata stakeholders in turmoil over cladding crisis

Strata owners corporations are facing insurance premium rises of 300 per cent in response to the flammable cladding crisis, and owners facing serious financial hardship from potential replacement costs.

Cross-laminated timber earns its place in the mainstream

Cross-laminated timber is a viable and cost-effective alternative for mass market commercial buildings and provides radical opportunities to slash construction timeframes and waste, according to Bates Smart director Philip Vivian.

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.