NUS Engineers Repurpose Excavation Waste to Produce Greener, Stronger Concrete

NUS researchers have taken a waste product from construction sites in Singapore and upcycled it into a raw material for ultra-high-performance concrete. Their method could help reduce the carbon footprint of concrete and also cut the cost of production. This is the first time low-grade waste clay has been used as fillers in concrete.

Storing energy in red bricks

Imagine plugging in to your brick house. Red bricks — some of the world’s cheapest and most familiar building materials — can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis.Brick has been used in walls and buildings for thousands of years, but rarely has been found fit for any other use.