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RP1020: Reducing Barriers for Commercial Adaptation of Construction Materials with Low-Embodied-Carbon

Project leader name: 
Professor Stephen Foster
Project status: 
Current
Project period: 
07/2014 to 07/2017

Current processes for lightweight aggregates production using sintered fly ash are carbon intensive. Geopolymer concrete produced from industrial by-products fly-ash and slag has an 80 per cent lower carbon footprint compared to the conventional Portland cement concrete, which has a carbon footprint second only to fossil fuels. Lightweight concrete with superior insulation properties can potentially reduce energy use in buildings, also reducing carbon. 

This project aims to reduce the commercial barriers to new low-carbon construction materials by:

  • Gathering field data of real-life geopolymer constructions to develop confidence in its use. 
  • Developing a handbook for use in design, specifying and construction.
  • Undertaking a pilot program for producing lightweight concrete using low carbon processes based on geopolymerisation and alternative methods for producing aggregates from fly-ash.

The project will deliver to infrastructure designers an Australian standard (or any other standards) that they can use for designing structures with geopolymer concretes. Validation and adaption of appropriate test methods according to the standards to allow for the commercial use of synthetic aggregates.

Publications related to this project

CRCLCL Project Posters
Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2016 - Seyed Mahdi Babaee Commercial adaptation of construction materials with low-embodied-carbon
CRCLCL Project Posters
Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2016 - Kirubajiny Pasupathy Reducing barriers for commercial adaptation of construction materials with low-embodied-carbon
CRCLCL Project Posters

Student Poster – Participants Annual Forum 2015 – Mahdee Babae

Commercial adaptation of construction materials with low-embodied-carbon

CRCLCL Project Posters

Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2015 - Jinyi Dang

Reducing barriers for commercial adaptation of construction materials with low-embodied-carbon

CRCLCL Project Reports

Utilisation of Coal Combustion Product (CCP) from coal-fired power stations is of great interest in Australia. According to ADAA (Ash Development Association of Australia), in 2012, 12.8 Mt (million tonnes) of coal ash was produced from coal fired utilities in Australia [1]. Due to the increase...

CRCLCL Project Posters

Research Snapshot A3 size poster from Participants Annual Forum 2014

CRCLCL Project Posters

Student Poster - Participants Annual Forum 2014, Mahdi Babaee - Size A2

Reducing Barriers for Commercial Adaption of Construction Materials with Low-Embodied-Carbon

A durable low-embodied carbon concrete is the ultimate solution to mitigate the environmental impact of the...