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Graphene Makes Concrete Stronger and Reduces CO2 Emissions

Written by , on April 26, 2018

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a new technique that uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete making it more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant than existing concretes while significantly reducing carbon emissions.  Read more »

Street Layout Has a Big Effect on Urban Heat

Written by , on March 26, 2018

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that the pattern of streets in a city can have a big effect on the strength of the local heat island effect which causes cities to be hotter than their surroundings.  Read more »

New Cement Cuts CO2 Emissions

Written by , on December 8, 2017

Solidia Technologies has developed a cement making process that the company says produces 70% less CO2 emissions as conventional cement manufacture while producing a product which is equally as strong.  Read more »

Adding Irradiated Waste Plastic Strengthens Cement

Written by , on November 21, 2017

Researchers at MIT have found that by exposing plastic flakes to small, harmless doses of gamma radiation, then pulverizing the flakes into a fine powder, they could produce concrete that is up to 15% stronger than conventional concrete.  Read more »

Roof Panels That Make Air-Conditioning Much More Efficient

Written by , on September 13, 2017

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a fluid-filled roof panel which can make air-conditioning significantly more efficient.  Read more »

Solar Glass Bricks

Written by , on September 13, 2017

Build Solar, a spin-off from the University of Exeter in the UK, has been set up to market an innovative solar glass block technology.  Read more »

New Material Can Cool Buildings, Day and Night, with No Energy Consumption

Written by , on February 10, 2017

Engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder has developed a metamaterial – an engineered material not found in nature – which has the ability to cool objects even under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption.  Read more »

Turning Carbon Dioxide into a Replacement for Concrete

Written by , on March 15, 2016

A team of researchers at UCLA are developing process which would use captured carbon dioxide to make a new building material to replace concrete.  Read more »

New Roof Coating Keeps Roofs Much Cooler

Written by , on June 10, 2015

Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a coating which keeps roofs significantly cooler than the ambient air temperature, even under the most intense summer conditions. Dr Angus Gentle and Emeritus Professor Geoff Smith reported that a roof with a “coated polymer stack” – a combination of specially chosen polyesters on a silver […]  Read more »

Energy-saving Smart Facades

Written by , on April 20, 2015

Researchers and designers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have developed a building façade element which uses the sun’s energy to shield the building’s interior from the sun.  Read more »