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Is concrete the answer to flood-proof buildings?

Architects and builders are developing ways to protect homes and commercial buildings from floods, including using concrete flooring. The UK Climate Projections, published in 2018, warned that in the next few years, Britain is likely to experience higher summer temperatures, the sea levels will rise, and there will be more extreme weather, including flash floods. […]

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Researchers develop salt-resistant concrete

Researchers believe they may have found a way to make concrete flooring more resistant to damage from salty water. In icy weather, tons of salt (sodium chloride) is spread on concrete flooring, roads and walkways to prevent people and vehicles from slipping on ice. Most of the salt is washed away after the cold spell, […]

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Concrete flooring a key part of flood defence, says property expert

Jason Taylor, writing for PropertyRoad.co.uk, has recommended that property owners should upgrade their properties to protect them from storm and flood damage. These improvements can be costly but can prevent loss and lower insurance premiums. Climate change fears have prompted many areas to spend money on flood defences. Floods Minister Therese Coffey has recently opened […]

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Recycled tyres can protect concrete from damage in fires

University of Sheffield researchers have found that recycled tyres can be used to prevent protect concrete from a fire. Concrete flooring is the main type of flooring used in industrial premises because it is both cost effective and hard wearing. If the building catches fire, concrete does not burn but tends to spall, surface layers […]

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Concrete floor coating market set for growth

According to Global Market Insights, the concrete flooring market has increased considerably during the last few years and is expected to have rapid future growth.   By 2024, the total value of the worldwide concrete floor coating market is forecast to be $1.5bn, a yearly growth of 6.5%, This growth is fuelled by increased commercial construction, […]

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Concrete flooring features in top reuse buildings of 2018

The architecture and design website Spaces has listed its top reuse buildings of 2018, and an important feature of many of the buildings on the list is concrete flooring. Renovating a derelict industrial building is costly but this has not stopped architects creating innovative designs that reuse these structures. Buildings such as factories, schools and […]

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New York skyscraper features green concrete flooring

A new skyscraper in New York designed by Foster + Partners is a luxury apartment building that features concrete flooring. This not only looks good, but is environmentally friendly too. The building in Midtown Manhattan is thin and referred to as “super-skinny”. It has 63 storeys that contain 94 luxury apartments. Luxury natural materials feature, […]

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Environment focus at heart of concrete flooring ideas

New concrete flooring innovations could help the environment by reducing carbon emissions and waste. One issue with concrete surfaces is that they can crack. It has been estimated that replacing damaged cement contributes to 7% of the world’s total carbon emissions. For this reason, researchers at Bath University are developing self-healing concrete. After water has […]

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Two-century-old building restored with concrete flooring

The world’s first iron frame building, built between 1796 and 1797 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, has been restored at a cost of £31m. As part of the restoration project, new concrete flooring was installed. Iron frame construction is used to build tall buildings usually located in cities because of the restricted supply of land. The world’s […]

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Concrete flooring a vital component of new cabin heating system

A holiday home known as the Net-Zero Cabin, recently constructed in Washington, USA, was designed by Coates Design Architects to have zero carbon emissions. Concrete flooring is an essential part of the home’s heating system. Weather conditions in the state of Washington can be extreme, so the challenge facing the architects was how to create […]

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