• 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.
  • Straw-insulated house under construction

    A straw-insulated house that can survive any amount of huffing and puffing from inclement weather is being built on campus at the University of Bath, UK. The BaleHaus is made...
  • Konrad Goess-Saurau, Executive Chairman of British Ceramic Tile

    Recapturing our past glory in manufacturing

    Clay Technology magazine
    Konrad Goess-Saurau believes that engineering experience is the key to a lucrative manufacturing business. As Executive Chairman, the entrepreneur is taking British Ceramic Tile on its own success story by looking to the UK’s industrial past. Gary Price reports
  • 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.
  • Ventilated tile façade composition

    Laminating tile façades

    Clay Technology magazine
    A polymer lamination system for ventilated tile façades improves integrity as well as resistance to tearing, water and UV, say researchers in Spain. They add that the film is faster and cheaper to apply than using traditional wet-chemistry methods.
  • TeploTie included in design for Code level 5 house

    The Concrete Centre have developed a design & specification for a Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) level 5 house in collaboration with a Registered Social Landlord (RSL); A2Dominion Group and...
  • London's proposed Olympic Stadium

    Olympics' material ban retracted

    Materials World magazine
    The UK’s London Olympics Organising Committee has retracted its ban on PVC products in response to demands from construction companies. It is now calling on industry to find a sustainable long-term solution for the use and disposal of PVC in temporary buildings at the 2012 Olympics sites.