Posted: 2021-10-20, in category: Building Materials
While concrete is one of the most widely used materials across the world, it’s also responsible for a high percentage of carbon emissions. Concrete is all around us, used for building houses, pavements, bridges and other major structures. There have been efforts over the years to discover a viable alternative to concrete, without much success. Lately though there have been some promising developments in the bid to find a more eco-friendly concrete.
Chris Clarkson, MP for Heywood and Middleton, visited the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester last week. As a member of the Government’s Science and Technology Select Committee (STSC), Mr Clarkson was particularly interested in a revolutionary new form of concrete called Concretene. This material has been developed by the GEIC and industry partners Nationwide Engineering. The MP watched a demonstration where the Concretene was poured into moulds, to create the world’s first set of Concretene benches.
The ‘G’ – branded benches will be placed in outdoor public spaces on campus, and will also be included in a ‘living lab’ at the GEIC. Mr Clarkson said: “The work done by the GEIC, The University of Manchester and partners like Nationwide Engineering show that British innovation is not just alive and well, but leading the world. “Applications like Concretene promise to be a game changer, reducing costs, emissions and building times in construction. It was a privilege to join the team to learn more and I’m passionate about making sure that Manchester’s graphene revolution is at the heart of levelling up our region.”
This is yet another major step in the UK’s dedication to lower carbon emissions and promote enhanced green living. The construction industry is one area that has been lacking when it comes to embracing technological advances. This situation has seen a real turnaround recently. These developments are good news for responsible building companies like SJP Building Services, and the industry in general.