Floating houses with concrete flooring could be the answer to flooding

Every year in Britain, floods cause damage to houses. One solution to this issue could be to construct floating houses in flood-prone areas. To demonstrate the concept, the UK’s first floating house has been built on the River Thames in Marlow. The main structure of the house and the floors are made from Caltite concrete. […]

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New research shows how concrete can be integrated into high-rise timber floors

There has been an increase in buildings using large amounts of timber. Research by Oregon State University in the United States looked at how architects and builders can overcome the technical difficulties of designing and constructing largescale timber buildings. Normally, concrete flooring is used in high-rise buildings. The difficulty when using timber is that there […]

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RIBA award nominees find innovative uses of concrete

There were six nominees for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for the best of British architecture, which was handed out at the end of October. The winner, Hastings Pier, is notable for its imaginative use of wood, but many of the nominees for the prize relied on concrete to create stunning visual effects. This year’s […]

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Concrete flooring recommended for owners of hurricane-hit houses

Due to the recent hurricanes in the United States, many thousands of homes have been flooded. This has ruined wooden floors and carpets, leaving homeowners with tough decisions about replacing their floors. Diane Cowen, writing on the website Chron.com, has questioned whether homeowners need to install new wooden floors. Instead, she suggests concrete flooring. She […]

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University builds environmentally friendly concrete house

8th September 2017 by Sean Couldwell Concrete 0 Comments

Students and researchers at Washington University have constructed an eco-house built mainly from concrete to demonstrate that the material can be used in sustainable ways. Crete House is a solar-powered building constructed almost entirely from precast concrete. Water coils embedded in the concrete flooring and ceiling provide heating and cooling. Large gutters provide shade and […]

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New concrete flooring installations create warmth

Concrete is traditionally seen as a hard cold surface, but new office buildings are contradicting this perspective by using concrete flooring designed to create a warm atmosphere. Symantec, the computer security company’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an example of how a building can use concrete flooring to promote a good atmosphere. The intention of […]

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Innovative future ahead for concrete floor coatings

For a long time, concrete floors have been coated with a number of products, but new developments in concrete floor coatings point to how concrete floors will be coated in the future. Many concrete flooring installations requires several layers of coating, but decorative coating firm Byk is working on one layer coating systems. The coatings […]

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3D print experts experiment with concrete

Research is currently being undertaken to print 3D objects in concrete, perhaps literally paving the way for concrete flooring to be produced in an entirely different way. The building contractors Skanska is working with a number of partners to develop 3D printing of concrete. Loughborough University started researching 3D concrete printing in 2007 a year […]

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New concrete floor technology has Gothic roots

Gothic cathedral architecture has inspired a new type of concrete flooring. Concrete flooring needs to be strong to support the necessary load. This usually requires floors to be at least 25 centimetres thick and be reinforced with steel bars or grids, making them too heavy an option in some cases. Researchers at ETH Zurich’s Technology […]

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Global concrete flooring market set for rapid growth

Zion Market Research, in publishing a report that looks at the global demand for concrete floors, has forecast considerable growth within the next three years. n 2014, the global market had a valuation $800m (£643m) and this is predicted to reach $1,180m (£948.5m) by 2020, a rise of around 7% a year. The report, titled […]

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