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A storm nears the coast, stirring up wind and waves. Along the boardwalk that lines the beach, a row of oversize concrete umbrellas begins to tilt downward, transforming from a convenient canopy to a shield against the coming onslaught. In a new approach to storm surge protection, a Princeton team... Read More
The MIT concrete sustainability hub has published an article explaining the difference between cement and concrete, and the opportunities each material offers for sustainability. ‘Concrete is the world’s most consumed construction material,’ says the article. ‘yet there’s a lot the public doesn’t know about it or its environmental impact.’ Often confused with cement, concrete is one... Read More
Anyone who has visited Rome, or any other city where old Roman constructions stand tall today, will likely have marveled at the ingenuity of the Ancient Romans. One of the most ingenious creations of these consummate engineers was opus caementicium, known today as Roman concrete. Up until only three years ago,... Read More
by Enrique Sacristán, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee. European researchers have found that it could be used as a plasticizer for... Read More
Sometimes, fixing one problem can create another. Concrete production contributes 8 percent of global greenhouse gases, and demand continues to rise as populations and incomes grow. Yet some commonly discussed strategies to reduce the sector’s global GHG emissions could, under some scenarios, increase local air pollution and related health damages,... Read More
Fully electric truck mixer on a 5-axle chassis Emission-free and quiet concrete transport First operations in Switzerland from autumn 2020 Liebherr and Designwerk have developed the first fully electric truck mixers with 10 and 12 m³ drums on a 5-axle chassis. The first operations are planned for our customers Holcim... Read More
Located in the Kilometro Rosso Science Park in Bergamo, Italy, HeidelbergCement’s research and innovation center i.lab has an overall surface area of 23,000 m2 and hosts more than 120 researchers all engaged in investigating and developing innovative technological, functional, and aesthetic solutions for new construction materials. The i.lab is characterized... Read More
The last time we checked in with Austin-based construction tech startup Icon and housing nonprofit New Story, they were showing off renderings of 3D-printed homes slated to go up in an undisclosed location in Latin America. Six months later, the teams, working with Mexican social housing organization Échale, have unveiled the first two homes built for... Read More