• Safety comes first at Baggeridge Brick

    Clay Technology magazine
    Baggeridge Brick's Rudgwick site in West Sussex is the first UK brick factory to receive OHSAS 18001 certification. The standard rewards the development of an occupational health and safety management system. Baggeridge has been addressing health and safety work practices as part of the ‘Pledge' made by members of the British Ceramic Confederation in 2000. The aim is to reduce the number of working days lost due to work-related injury and ill health by 30% by 2010, as well as ensuring each staff member has received relevant training.
  • Eco-clay walls

    Clay Technology magazine
    Natural Building Technologies ThermoPlan deep wall cavity system has received an 'A' rating in The Green Guide to Housing Specification from the Building Research Establishment. The porous clay structure is thermally efficient, minimising cold bridging and damp/cold cavities.
  • Rewarding excellence through the IOM3 Awards and Prizes

    The recipients of the 2007 Institute Medals and Prizes have been agreed.
  • Living Brick

    Living Brick

    Clay Technology magazine
    The Living Brick is a new construction material for facing urban/suburban structures. It exploits one of the most common commodities in the urban landscape – the surfaces of buildings – as spaces for ‘vertical gardens’. Extruded bricks can be used to create a garden wall or even to cover the facades of buildings.
  • PET brick

    PET brick

    Clay Technology magazine
    Making use of discarded PET bottles, a professor and four engineering students from the Lutheran University of Brazil (Ulbra) have created a ‘PET brick’ made out of quartz sand, cement and bottles.
  • MADE magazine

    MADE design magazine launched

    A new magazine, MADE, has been launched for the UK’s design and materials communities.
  • MADE brings together materials and product design

    Materials World magazine
    The Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) aims to bring together the product design and materials communities. Events organised by MaDE have covered the disposal of fire-retardant bedding materials, architecture, intelligent textiles, natural materials, advanced ceramics, auxetic materials and intelligent interfaces. A materials resource centre is being developed at IOM3's London offices.
  • Microwave curing of composites

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, Germany, have developed a microwave technique to cure large fibre-reinforced plastic composites components used in the shipbuilding, construction and energy industries. The approach could serve as an alternative to manual-lamination or die-casting methods, enabling polymer resins to be heated volumetrically in a more contolled process.
  • Bricks and aggregate made from fly ash

    Clay Technology magazine
    Researchers at the University of New South Wales' Australian Defence Force Academy have developed bricks and building aggregate that can be manufactured entirely from waste fly ash from coal-burning power plants. Potential markets include increasingly industrialised countries such as China and India.
  • BTEC award in lean construction

    Clay Technology magazine
    The Construction Lean Improvement Programme (CLIP) has launched a BTEC level 3 advanced award in lean construction. Trainees are expected to participate in a Masterclass for at least 15 days. The sessions include lean processes, lean relationships, leadership and communications, and teamwork and team leader training.