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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3D printing used to fabricate concrete slab

4th August 2018 by Sean Couldwell Concrete 0 Comments

Researchers at ETH Zurich University have fabricated a lightweight concrete slab using 3D printing, which is the first time 3D-printed concrete has been used in a full scale architecture project. The 80 square metre slab is only 20mm thick at its thinnest point and forms a concrete ceiling with decoratively ribbing. The slab is the […]

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Chinese concrete flooring laid without removing trees

When constructing a building on a site covered in trees, most architects specify that the majority of the trees will need to be felled to make room for the building. The architects of the new Shen Shen garden office in Shanghai wanted to buck the trend, however, by designing an office building while keeping most […]

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How the concrete industry is helping reduce CO2 emissions

With scientists reminding us that CO2 emissions are contributing to global warming, any reductions in emissions are welcome. The cement and concrete industries are finding ways to tackle this problem. The major ingredient of concrete is cement, and a lot of CO2 is produced during the manufacture of it. Major cement producers such as Heidelberg […]

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Concrete floor staining trends for 2018 revealed

The concrete coating manufacturer Surecrete has identified a number of concrete floor staining trends for 2018. There is pressure on architects and constructors to build environmentally friendly buildings, which is why many concrete floors are being treated with water-based eco-friendly stains that contains no harmful volatile organic compounds. They also make concrete floors easy to […]

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Lidl achieves green certificate with help of concrete flooring

Many companies have a target that at least 60% of the building they use must have a green certificate, and the demand for green building is expected to rise. An example of what businesses can achieve comes from discount supermarket Lidl in its Lithuania operation. The retailer has green building certification for its Lithuanian logistics […]

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Record concrete pours seen in 2017

The biggest UK concrete pour of 2017 may have been at the new Airbus centre at Filton near Bristol in December. The installation required 3,500 tonnes of concrete to be poured over a period of 24 hours. To transport the huge quantity of concrete for the Airbus centre required 240 lorry loads. Concrete from lorries […]

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Amazon builds office “greenhouses” with concrete flooring

At e-retailer Amazon’s Seattle, Washington headquarters, three large glass dome structures have been built. Inside are 40,000 plants that grow above the concrete flooring. The 60-foot inside walls are covered in over 200 species of green plants. During the night the temperature of the spheres drops to 55°F with humidity up to 85% to protect […]

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