Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Concrete goes green?

Posted in concrete by ruthslavid on November 16, 2009

There has been a flurry of excitement over Novacem, the CO2 absorbing concrete that has been developed at Imperial College. It sounds as if it could be fantastic – even if it does not absorb as much CO2 as it says, the fact that it is not a villain in terms of CO2 emissions will be a major step forward.

But the gap between pure research and widespread application can be a large one – and one at which this country is traditionally poorly skilled. Cost is one question, and the other major one is around versatility and performance. Will this be a niche specialist product, or will it really be able to take a large share of the market?

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