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Do the environment a (bio)solid—use bio-bricks!

By Lisa McDonald / February 1, 2019

RMIT University researchers found biosolids-enhanced bricks showed lower thermal conductivity and reduced brick firing energy demands compared to traditional bricks.

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Video: Microcapsules help concrete heal itself

By Lisa McDonald / January 9, 2019

Self-healing concrete can be made several ways. Researchers at University of Cambridge developed a method that involves mineral healing agents—delivered via microcapsules.

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Preventing ASR in nuclear reactor radiation shielding concrete

By Lisa McDonald / November 27, 2018

Polish researchers tested five high-density aggregate possibilities for nuclear power plant construction and found the aggregates with microcrystalline quartz were susceptible to alkali-silica reactions.

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Video: This technology is already lowering cement’s carbon footprint

By Faye Oney / August 29, 2018

A Canadian company has commercialized a process that captures carbon dioxide waste to mix with concrete during production. This proprietary technology is a good first step in reducing cement’s impact on the environment.

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3-D printed Smart Slab offers unique architectural design, lower carbon footprint

By Faye Oney / August 24, 2018

Researchers have developed an architectural construction technology that combines 3-D-printed design with the strength of concrete. Smart Slab weighs less than half of conventional concrete and generates a lower carbon footprint.

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Color, eclectic design dominate Brick in Architecture Awards

By Faye Oney / August 3, 2018

The Brick Industry Association recently announced the winners of the 2018 Brick in Architecture Awards. Check out the Best in Class winners and watch a video of these inspiring brick designs.

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Video: 3-D printer creates 1,022 square-foot house for actual family

By Faye Oney / August 1, 2018

Architects in Nantes, France have created a 1,022 square-foot 3-D-printed house that a family of five has recently moved into. Watch the video to learn more about the house, which took 54 hours to print.

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Fly ash binder could eventually replace Portland cement in concrete

By Faye Oney / June 19, 2018

Scientists have developed an environmentally-friendly material that could eventually replace conventional Portland cement in concrete. The new composite, consisting mostly of fly ash, was found to be as structurally strong as Portland cement.

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Concrete goes ‘green’ with addition of graphene

By Faye Oney / May 29, 2018

Scientists from the University of Exeter have developed a process for producing an environmentally-friendly concrete that incorporates graphene at the nanoscale. The new concrete material is stronger and more water resistant than existing concretes.

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What can ancient Roman structures tell us about improving durability for cementitious materials? This and much more inside June/July 2018 ACerS Bulletin

By Faye Oney / May 18, 2018

The June/July 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin is now available online. You’ll find stories about how ancient concrete is providing insights into new durable concrete, perspectives from students, and much more.

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