Taking the carbon out of construction with engineered wood

Substituting lumber for materials such as cement and steel could cut building emissions and costs.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Dec. 11, 2019 ~4 min

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New approach suggests path to emissions-free cement

MIT researchers find a way to eliminate carbon emissions from cement production — a major global source of greenhouse gases.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 16, 2019 ~7 min

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Investigating a big dam concrete problem | MIT News

Researchers working to address concrete durability get a close look at the impacts of a chemical reaction known to cause structural problems.

Anne Wilson Yu | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
Sept. 13, 2017 ~5 min

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Designing climate-friendly concrete, from the nanoscale up | MIT News

New understanding of concrete’s properties could increase lifetime of the building material, decrease emissions.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
July 21, 2016 ~15 min

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Improving pavement management in Jordan | MIT News

Concrete Sustainability Hub researcher Omar Swei is working to help Jordanian planners optimize maintenance on state-owned highways.

Anne Wilson Yu | MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
July 11, 2016 ~4 min

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Finding a new formula for concrete | MIT News

Researchers look to bones and shells as blueprints for stronger, more durable concrete.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 25, 2016 ~8 min

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Riddle of cement’s structure is finally solved | MIT News

Findings may guide development of formulas to make the material more durable, less CO2-intensive.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 8, 2016 ~6 min

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At the nanoscale, concrete proves effective for nuclear containment | MIT News

New research shows concrete is a strong choice for the long-term confinement of nuclear waste.

Anne Wilson Yu | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
Nov. 19, 2015 ~3 min

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