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Circular economy and resource efficiency principles applied to the development of a sustainable innovative building material.

Project Description

The construction and demolition sector is the largest contributor of waste globally. In the UK alone, over 30% of the UK’s landfill waste and 45% of total carbon emissions come from construction and demolition. The British construction industry is under increasing pressure to reduce waste and meet national target of 70% of all building waste to be recycled from the year 2020. To address this challenge, innovative building materials developed via circular economy principles are in need. This project will development a new building material re-using recycled wastes coming from construction and demolition and carefully looking at the performance, durability, life cycle, required energy for its manufacturing and environmental credentials. The traditional construction materials (e.g. fired clay brick and concrete blocks) are high energy demanding, high carbon footprint and intensively exploit raw materials. This project will focus on the development of a new sustainable building material that has a closed loop circular economy approach and is resource efficient.
The project will take advantage of the unique state-of-art facilities at the Geotechnics and Geomaterials laboratory at Heriot-Watt University (all required standard test apparatuses for building materials certification). A comprehensive experimental programme will be carried out from development stage; understanding the material behaviour at small scale to production stage where large scale samples will be tested following required building standards/legislation. In a final stage of the experimental campaign, it is planned that sample-walls will be manufacture and tested for durability and performance (freeze-thaw, water resistance, compressive strengths, shear, bonding, etc).

To apply, please follow the link to the Heriot Watt website.

Funding Notes

The scholarship will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £15,009 for the 36 month duration of the project. It is available to applicants from the UK, EU and overseas.

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