A novel ceramic tile cladding system

Ibstock Brick Ltd has developed a way to install and replace ceramic tiles at any point in a building's façade by clipping them onto steel connectors.

Wienerberger UK achieves environmental accreditation

By recycling and incorporating waste materials into its bricks, Wienerberger's 14 UK manufacturing plants have achieved an international accreditation for environmental performance. The standard covers the full manufacturing process from quarrying of clay to packaging and transport of the final products.

Re-writeable 3D holograms

A polymeric 3D hologram that can be erased and re-written in a matter of minutes has been created by scientists at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA. This is the first updatable 3D display ever made, according to the research team, and shows potential for medical, industrial and military applications. The plastic film is sandwiched between two pieces of glass coated with transparent electrodes. Images are written into the polymer using laser beams and an externally-applied electric field.
Unipor's Coriso bricks are filled with thermal insulating rock wool

Rock wool for insulated bricks

German manufacturers have developed a brick filled with rock that has better thermal insulation properties than bricks filled with polystyrene or perlite.

Holographic sensor gets smart

A smart holographic sensor made from hydrophilic polymeric hydrogels which respond to stimuli has been developed by a spin-out company from Cambridge University, UK. It could have applications in medical and aerospace monitoring, for example, to measure the water content in aviation fuel tanks.