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Bridges, tunnels and other civil engineering structures could become safer thanks to self-repairing being developed as part of a European research project. Engineers at Ghent University in Belgium have taken a lead role in the pioneering work.
Published: 28 May 2015
Houses of the future could be partially built with bacteria. It sounds like science fiction but researchers involved in an EU-backed project in Madrid are working towards making this a concrete reality.
Published: 26 February 2015
In the Italian city of Milan a major European research project is examining the energy efficiency of new insulation materials. It aims to assess the advantages and disadvantages of these materials, and establish how and where they can be used.
Published: 3 February 2015
Published: 27 November 2014
Earthquakes take lives, destroy buildings, wreck roads and infrastructure. Is there a way to protect our cities with computer technology? Earthquakes cannot be prevented. But with new technologies, a lot can be done to ensure that the urban infrastructure is ready when a disaster strikes.
Published: 12 September 2014
A clear understanding of how environmental factors can affect historical buildings and structures is vital for their long-term conservation. To date, monitoring systems have focused on a limited range of environmental pressures, such as air pollution and temperature, but the system designed and commercialised by the European Union (EU)-funded SMooHS project widens the range of factors monitored and analysed, thus allowing better protective measures to be taken.
Published: 16 June 2014
Published: 13 May 2014
If Europe is to achieve its energy efficiency targets for 2020 and 2050, one vital step would be to modify the continents vast stock of buildings to make them much more energy efficient than their original designers could ever have contemplated. This important advance, however, brings potential problems.
Published: 12 May 2014
The project team developed the first software-based decision-support tool for the building design and construction sector that offers results and a rating system for specific buildings as well as references to building accessibility requirements.
Published: 28 January 2014
The European research project, Durawood, has developed a special pre-treatment system using plasma, whereby electric discharges are applied near the wood changing its surface properties. The plasma pre-treatment extends coating durability and may improve fungicide efficiency to protect the wood.
Published: 22 January 2014