Architecture and Construction

50 years old and as good as new

Since 1970 a worldwide unique test has been running in the Empa testing hall in Dübendorf, in which the long-term behaviour of bonded steel reinforcements on a concrete beam is…

Switch2Save: Energy saving potential for buildings

In October 2019, the EU-funded initiative “Switch2Save” (grant agreement No. 869929) was launched to improve the availability and affordability of electrochromic and thermochromic smart glass technologies. About one year later,…

Innovative bonding technology facilitates use of timber-concrete composite elements in the construction industry

By means of an innovative bonding technology, high-performance timber-concrete composite elements can be produced faster and more easily. As a result of the new joining technology, which was developed by…

Innovative research network “AdvanceAEC” established

Five DFG-funded research centers harness international research synergies and foster the development of early career researchers. The “Research Network for Advancing Architecture, Engineering and Construction” (AdvanceAEC) brings together international researchers…

Programmable insulation materials

Innovative insulating materials made of shape memory polymers are developed and tested by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP, for Chemical Technology ICT and for Building Physics IBP…

3D printing ‘greener’ buildings using local soil

The construction industry is currently facing two major challenges: the demand for sustainable infrastructure and the need to repair deteriorating buildings, bridges and roads. While concrete is the material of…

How dangerous are burning electric cars?

There’ s a loud bang, and then it starts: A battery module of an electric car is on fire in the Hagerbach test tunnel. A video of the test impressively…

When Concrete learns to pre-stress itself

More than ten billion tonnes of concrete are produced and used worldwide every year. This is more than all other building materials combined. By way of…

TU Graz researchers want to fundamentally improve concrete diagnostics

Whether crumbling tunnel walls, cracks in concrete facades or porous bridge piers, according to statistics from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers…

The digital construction site: A smarter way of building with mobile robots

Demand for affordable living space has gone through the roof. Developers embarking on large, complex construction projects need efficient solutions that save…

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