World-class research, award-winning designs and a new mindset are all helping New Zealand manufacturers, architects and designers take a fresh approach to those most fundamental of building materials – concrete, steel and timber.
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New research shows that using natural supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) with Portland cement can maintain the strength and durability of concrete while reducing carbon emissions. Changes to cement standards may be needed, however, before SCM use can grow.
Extensive research at the University of Auckland on carbon fibre-reinforced polymers (CFRP) helps understand how this material can be used for seismic strengthening, increasing existing buildings’ resilience.