• Wienerberger's Warnham brickworks currently produces 65 million units per year

    Clay bricks receive environmental accreditation

    Clay Technology magazine
    Clay building products made at Warnham brickworks in Horsham, UK, are the first to be accredited with the Building Research Establishment’s environmental and sustainability standard BES 6001, claims owners of the site Wienerberger.
  • Applying the low-energy hydraulic lime mortar

    Low-energy drying technique for lime mortar

    Clay Technology magazine
    A low-energy drying technique for aggregates in hydraulic lime mortar has been developed by a UK consortium. The research aims to make lime mortars commercially viable for new build projects, making bricks easier to recycle with 40% less embodied CO2 than cement mortars.
  • Microcracks that have self-healed

    Self-healing infrastructure

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers in the USA are engineering a concrete to repeatedly self-heal when it cracks. The aim is to limit the costs and environmental footprint of regular maintenance.
  • Concrete bridge

    Slowing concrete creep

    Materials World magazine
    Low-cost and more durable nanoengineered concrete materials are the goal for researchers at MIT in the USA, through improved understanding of creep and how to minimise it.
  • The Vecor brick is made from 95-98% fly ash

    Fly ash bricks to hit market

    Clay Technology magazine
    A technology to manufacture bricks from waste fly ash will be put to the test in a new factory in Hebi, China. Australian manufacturer Vecor is drawing up plans to convert a pilot facility to a full-scale factory by 2011. The site is expected to produce at least 125 million bricks a year, using 250,000t of the waste.
  • IOM3 Council election results for 2009

    IOM3
    The outcome of the recent election of IOM3 Councillors.
  • IOM3 2009 Award and Prize winners announced

    IOM3
    The recipients of the 2009 Institute Awards and Prizes have been decided. The premier award winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on 7 July.
  • Winner Rochelle O'Hara

    Young Persons' Lecture Competition winner announced

    IOM3
    Rochelle O'Hara, representing Northern Ireland, has won the 2009 IOM3 Young Persons' Lecture Competition.
  • Loading a truck

    One voice for mineral products

    Materials World magazine
    A representative body for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand industries has been established. The Mineral Products Association (MPA aims to provide a single effective voice for 222 members, who are the single largest supplier of materials to the UK construction sector, which has been hit severely by the recession.
  • The Hanson EcoHouse, on display at the Building Research Establishment in Watford, UK. It offers a 44% improvement in energy sustainability over 2006 building standards

    Steps for zero carbon homes

    Clay Technology magazine
    Plans for all new UK homes to be zero carbon from 2016 must be reviewed in light of the current economic situation, according to the UK Federation of Master Builders.

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