Fibercon’s Emesh product has made headlines for its environmental gains and robust technical performance when it comes to reinforcing concrete.
Media coverage has included the prestigious Journal of Cleaner Production, the Building Materials Journal, local newspapers, ABC Radio and Science Alert.
Details of the research published on Science Alert were also shared widely on Facebook and Twitter and generated significant interest and uptake from councils, construction companies, developers and others.
The Australian Innovation Challenge Award
Emesh also won the 2015 The Australian Innovation Challenge Award in the construction and manufacturing category.
“WINNER Engineers Australia – Mark Combe – 60 of the Most Innovative Engineers in Australia – Community Section”
Concrete with plastic waste in it instead of steel: the material of the future?
Researchers at James Cook University, Australia, have managed to develop concrete that is not reinforced with steel, but with plastic waste. The durable technique limited the environmental impacts of concrete to a minimum, while providing opportunities for the growing amount of plastic waste to be processed in a sustainable way. A win-win situation.
The “green” concrete was reinforced using recycled polypropylene plastic. The material withstood various tests of strength and durability and is ideally suited to the construction of footpaths, drainage wells, support beams to name a few examples.
Second most used material on earth
Concrete is, after water, the most commonly used material on Earth. Globally, we produce more than twenty billion tons of concrete annually. The production of cement, one of the main ingredients of concrete, is responsible for 5% of the annual global CO2 emissions.
“UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Sustainable Innovation”