Researchers at the University of Kitakyushu in Japan found that chopped-up cleaned nappies can replace up to 10% of the composite material in a concrete mix for structural use in single-storey buildings and as much as 40% in nonstructural and architectural components
Extended and uncertain lead times are turning bidding and building into a tiresome puzzle of constantly changing pieces – and it’s unclear when the headache will end
Say what now? That’s right – most would agree that mushrooms sauteed with onions are delicious with just about anything. It turns out the ingredient may also be a game-changer as a building material that also helps reduce construction waste
Given the level of carbon emissions construction generates, the industry knows it has to smarten up its environmental act. Part of the sector’s response will be to embrace more green construction materials, while some, like timber, have been a part of the industry for centuries.
Inspired by the environmental advantages of wood construction, the European city recently passed groundbreaking legislation mandating that all new buildings constructed after 2025 consist of at least 20% wood or other biobased material
The company creates realistic construction toys for children, hoping the experience inspires them with dreams of working in the industry
Wood, concrete, plastic and many other building materials can be found in stores these days. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of building materials? An overview.
Concrete is the most common material used in construction, but manufacturing its primary binder – Portland cement – causes greenhouse gas emissions, putting pressure on the industry to find a more environmentally sustainable solution
Concern around climate change and a desire to construct more sustainable buildings is driving the construction industry to deliver a built environment that has less impact on the world around it. The increased use of timber in tall buildings is part of this process.
Inflatable structures are paramount in construction. Can origami offer such deployable components new inspiration?
Here’s a look at how Studio Projects in Bluebeam helped promote environmental sustainability in the AEC industry last year
Hempcrete is a bio-composite material that can serve as an alternative to traditional lime, reducing the carbon impact of the resulting concrete mixture while improving its insulator-like and energy-retaining properties
The generation of greenhouse gas in concrete production is a major problem. Changes are needed today – and researchers and engineers are pursuing many possibilities