We have more materials choices for modern construction projects. And we’re developing better options for strength and longevity. It’s an exciting time!
Durability is the ability to last a long time without significant deterioration. A durable material helps the environment by conserving resources and reducing wastes and the environmental impacts of repair and replacement. –Portland Cement Association
Modern construction projects are already using technology to make better business choices. As the focus on more durable buildings and roadways increases, here are some of the materials we’ll see trending:
1. Cigarette-Butt Bricks
If you’re like many, seeing cigarette butts on the ground is disgusting. It pollutes the view and the ingredients (arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and nickel) contaminate the soil. Researchers are developing energy-efficient bricks using cigarette butts. The bricks are lighter and use less energy in the manufacturing process.
2. Concrete Admixtures
“A holistic view needs to be taken about concrete durability,” says NBM&CW magazine. Mineral admixtures are providing strength-driven solutions for HPC (high-performance concretes) and SCC (self-compacting concretes). Today’s typical concrete can have six or more ingredients.
3. Light-Generating Cement
This newly developed cement can absorb and generate light. The potential for this invention is huge.
4. Martian Concrete
Northwestern University is researching construction projects on Mars using available materials. And they’ve come up with a Martian concrete mixture using sulfur.
5. Pollution-Absorbing Bricks
It’s called the Breathe Brick and it sucks-in pollutants and releases filtered air. You’ll see these bricks incorporated into buildings’ ventilation systems.
6. Translucent Wood
This low-cost resource can be used for windows and solar panels. There will be many application ideas for translucent wood in modern construction projects.
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