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Wouldn't it be nice if your concrete structure never cracked?
Concrete is one of the most trusted and adaptable material inputs used in construction. Despite being considered a very durable and strong material, it is highly prone to cracking and erosion. Such limitations see that concrete is in fact not as a resilient material as first assumed. Generally, concrete structures are designed to allow small cracks which are considered to not be too detrimental to the building. But when these crevices become bigger, we start to see problems. Cracks in the structure create a path for potentially harmful substances to attack the concrete. As these substances reach the reinforcement it begins to corrode it, increasing the chances for structural failure.
So is there a way to increase the lifespan of concrete, preventing corrosion and making it more sustainable and resilient?
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Building, renovating or designing? How about transforming your roof or walls into energy producing surfaces?   This has been made possible by researchers at Melbourne’s RMIT University . This new form of solar paint can be applied to almost any surface   and is far more cost effective than installing and maintaining solar panels.
Topics: Emerging Materials
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Active Design is an evidence-based approach whereby physical activity is encouraged within a community development and/or dwelling. Based upon health research into the impact of physical exercise on combating obesity and other related health concerns, active design sees architectural design as a large-scale solution to improving “the physical, mental and social well-being of communities around the world”i