Passive House experts Maxa Design has cleaned up several recent awards with a Passive House home made out of rammed earth in Donvale, Victoria. Known as the Earth House, the home has won a bunch of accolades at the Design Matters Awards – “Building Design of the Year 2020”, “Best residential new home design $1 […]
What does it take to do things differently in the building and construction world? The industry, we’ve learnt, is well known for its risk aversion.
We’re checking in with high blend cements, geopolymer cement and a new technology used by LafargeHolcim that uses CO2 instead of water in the curing process
Steel and concrete are New Zealand’s worst offenders when it comes to embodied carbon, together contributing more than half the carbon footprint of both residential and non-residential construction, according to a new report.
BRIEF: Researchers at Deakin University have found substituting ground glass for sand in the creation of polymer concrete may result in a stronger construction material that is also cheaper to produce.
Sustainability architects have for many years specified concrete for its thermal qualities, and it’s clearly an essential part of construction – especially in mid to high rise buildings and infrastructure. In recent times it’s attracted the attention of the Passive House movement.
Innovations in AI, IoT and cybersecurity to make electricity systems and industrial processes more efficient, flexible, clean and secure dominated Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s summit in New York.
Materials cannot be separated from the specific building performance and context, and to do so is taking a simplistic view.
Perth-based minerals company Talga Resources has created a graphene-infused concrete with high electrical conductivity that it says could eventually enable wireless charging of electric vehicles (EVs) – both while driving and while parked.
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.
US researchers have developed a self-healing concrete by adding an unusual ingredient into the mix – a fungus called Trichoderma reesei.
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.
Strong, lightweight and cheap prefabricated concrete panels for building construction could be on the horizon, and the key ingredient is a growing problem waste material: glass.
Swiss researchers may have found a radical way to make concrete greener, lighter and easier to recycle – by manufacturing it from wood.
From Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory A team of researchers working at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) used X-rays to study samples of Roman concrete — from an ancient pier and breakwater sites — at microscopic scales to learn more about the makeup of their mineral cements. The […]
Cement production is the third-most polluting industry in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, behind chemicals/petrochemicals and iron and steel.
A new formula for cement could drastically reduce carbon emissions in the construction sector while improving the strength and durability of concrete, researchers say.