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For once, the clue is not in the name: Roman cement was not invented in Rome. But it is indeed cement, and more specifically one that was widely used in the 19th century. Many a European city prides itself on the architectural heritage shaped by Roman cement mortar, which has since fallen from grace. EU-funded research has paved the way for a revival.
Published: 14 June 2016
Guidelines for making concrete from recycled ingredients could help the construction industry reduce its environmental impact. An EU-funded project developed the guidelines based on tests of recycled concrete, recycled steel from old tires and natural fibres from sisal.
Published: 9 June 2016
The EU-funded BrightWall project has created a translucent concrete wall that allows in natural lighting without the associated loss of heat. This could help Europe cut its electricity usage to save money, conserve the environment and strengthen the economy.
Published: 10 May 2016
Outdoor electronic display screens could soon blend better into urban landscapes - and resist damage from weather and vandals better than current versions. Technology from an EU-funded project displays digital images through a concrete surface, to integrate low-maintenance signage into buildings and street structures.
Published: 2 December 2015
Deciding when to renovate or replace an ageing bridge can be tricky. Risks to safety must be avoided, but acting prematurely may be wasteful. Monitoring techniques developed by an EU-funded project can facilitate such decisions. They are based on an innovative weigh-in-motion system used to check that trucks aren't overloaded.
Published: 20 October 2015
Weather cladding and external wall panels made of flax, jute, and a resin from sugar cane waste? Yes indeed, if you want a durable, low-carbon solution... EU-funded researchers have developed innovative biocomposites based on such materials and demonstrated their potential in construction.
Published: 8 September 2015
An EU-funded consortium has developed innovative retrofit strategies for buildings to significantly improve energy efficiency, reduce construction time and costs, increase work-site safety and generate added value from existing residential areas.
Published: 12 August 2015
How can we guarantee the integrity of existing buildings while continuing to develop urban spaces? Professor Debra Laefer's ERC-funded project tackles fundamental problems at the interface between new engineering undertakings and building conservation. The research team will draw on a largely unmined data source to create a system to predict the degree of damage likely to be sustained by buildings as a result of tunnelling.
Published: 31 July 2015
From sporting events to festivals and concerts, the most successful are those that leave participants talking about the event itself - not overcrowded busses that delayed arrival or gridlock on the roads afterwards.
Published: 16 June 2015
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