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Using ‘mooncrete’ for building blocks on the moon

July 17, 2019

Perhaps British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was onto something. In his Space Odyssey book series, he…
Researchers Develop High-Tech Wood Characterised by Durability Comparable to that of Steel

May 27, 2019

A group of researchers from the U.S. and China have developed a new material they refer to as…
Your old clothes could become construction materials for your house

December 4, 2018

Fashion is a horrible thing. One day you are cool wearing your flared-out jeans and the next one…
Crushed mining waste can replace cement

November 29, 2018

Mountains of mining waste from all over the world are waiting to be resurrected as concrete construction material.…
New Building Materials Created out of Fungus, Rice and Glass

June 20, 2018

By combining agricultural and industrial waste, bound by the Trametes versicolor fungus, scientists have developed a low-carbon, fire-resistant…
New NIST Roadmap Charts Path to Reduced Fire Hazards from Materials

May 22, 2018

Fire researchers will tell you that there’s a simple solution for reducing fire hazards: eliminate flammable materials. If…
Buildings to become materials banks

May 25, 2017

In the next 40 years, we will be building just as much as we have built so far…
Not All Cool Pavements Are Created Equal

May 24, 2017

Cool pavements can help keep cities cool, right? Yes, but according to new research from the Department of…
Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun’s heat

May 4, 2017

Bricks have been 3D printed out of simulated moondust using concentrated sunlight – proving in principle that future…
Scientists Build Bricks from Simulated Martian Soil

April 28, 2017

With plans to visit and later even potentially colonize Mars well underway, scientists and engineers around the world…
MIT Develops Robotic System Capable of 3D Printing Entire Buildings

April 28, 2017

Researchers at MIT have recently expanded the list of applications of 3D printing by developing a robotic system,…
Making Sure that Lumber Measures Up

March 6, 2017

For some, it is a shocking revelation. But most Americans eventually come to accept the fact that a…
Researchers lead £4M EU project to develop adhesive-free engineered wood products

January 23, 2017

University of Liverpool researchers are leading a £4M EU project to minimise the use of toxic adhesives in…
Land Rover presents a tiny cabin – it can keep two people very warm and cosy

December 15, 2016

Car manufacturers love Christmas time, because they can unleash their full advertising potential. Now Land Rover has built…
Urban grime releases air pollutant when exposed to sunlight

August 22, 2015

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have determined that natural sunlight triggers the release of smog-forming nitrogen oxide compounds…
Mathematical Model Takes The Guesswork Out Of Construction

June 22, 2015

For the past three years, Associate Professor Wei-Dong Guo, from UOW’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS),…
Wood-derived foam materials

April 29, 2015

Since most foam materials are made of petrochemical plastics, they aren’t very climate-friendly. But now an alternative is…
A self-centering beam to better withstand earthquakes

January 22, 2015

Economic losses from earthquakes are often devastating. The financial damages from the earthquakes in Chile in 2010, Kobe,…
Plant-based building materials may boost energy savings

September 24, 2014

Scientists worldwide are turning to plants as a resource for biodegradable, renewable and environmentally friendly products and materials…
Comfortable climate indoors with porous glass

August 6, 2014

Proper humidity and temperature play a key role in indoor climate. In the future, establishing a comfortable indoor…
MIT researchers study bamboo for engineered building material, similar to plywood

July 23, 2014

Bamboo construction has traditionally been rather straightforward: Entire stalks are used to create latticed edifices, or woven in…
Need a small house? Just press print

June 30, 2014

A bed. A kitchen. A place for lounging and watching television. Full bathroom. Storage space. Those are typical…
The Inflatable Concrete Dome

June 12, 2014

When concrete shells are constructed, they usually have to be supported by elaborate timber structures. A revolutionary technique…
Better building through design

June 4, 2014

 The construction industry could slash its carbon emissions by as much as 50% by optimising the design of…
The LEGO Foundation to host IDEA Conference April 8-10, 2014, themed “Re-defining play, re-imagining learning”

April 11, 2014

The LEGO Foundation which shares the mission of the LEGO Group, is holding its 8th annual LEGO Foundation IDEA…
Lightweight construction materials of highest stability thanks to their microarchitecture

March 25, 2014

The framework construction made of a ceramic-polymer composite is highly stable, although the individual elements have a thickness…
Kalgoorlie residents to trial ‘rammed earth’ houses

March 17, 2014

The project, based in Kalgoorlie, will assess the practicality of using rammed earth housing over steel framed houses.…
‘Death ray’ reflections from skyscrapers modelled by scientists

September 6, 2013

The designer of London’s Walkie Talkie skyscraper has come under scrutiny this week as reports of flaming bicycle…
How to make big things out of small pieces

August 16, 2013

Assemblies of the cellular composite material are seen from different perspectives, showing the repeating “cuboct” lattice structure, made…
Bringing color to solar façades

July 2, 2013

Until now, designers of buildings have no choice but to use black or bluish-gray colored solar panels. With…
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