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Kenyan entrepreneur Nzambi Matee has created bricks from plastic waste five to seven times stronger than concrete Taryn Paris – The Urban Developer Engineer and entrepreneur Nzambi Matee was sick of seeing plastic waste polluting her corner of the world, so she set out to solve the problem. Continue →
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The concrete is harder, better for the environment, dries faster and is stronger than traditional mixes according to researchers at Melbourne’s RMIT University Renee Mckeown – The Urban Developer The researchers are studying the use of different aggregates and printing patterns to support more complex and creative architectural structures. Continue →
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Australian manufacturer Ametalin has launched its CeaseFire barrier this year, the first fire-proof and waterproof building wrap of its kind, designed for high-rise buildings and homes in bushfire zones Ametalin claims CeaseFire is the only building wrap of its kind in the world that is waterproof and fireproof while still allowing vapour to pass through. Continue →
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A “Frankenstein-like” concrete capable of healing its own cracks and absorbing carbon dioxide could revolutionise construction and defence industries Ingrid Woodrow – The Urban Developer The new “living concrete”, being developed by researchers in the US, is at the forefront of a new class of low-carbon, designer living building materials or LBMs, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Continue →
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Building material manufacturer XLam has set the pace for a timber revolution in Australian construction, the Urban Developer reports, with production officially under way at their newly opened Cross Laminated Timber plant in Wodonga The facility measures 12,000sq m and was announced in 2016, when the $25 million project was originally conceived to fill a gap in the industry responding to the demand for a sustainable, easy-to-use and fast building solution. Continue →
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