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Solar Film Affixed to Concrete in Europe

solar film on concreteEurope's first solar concrete wall appears at Reckli's headquarter in Herne, Germany. The structure's smart facade combines various concrete structures and a solar energy generating film.

May 22, 2015
Contemporary Artist Turns to Concrete

Nicolas Lobo Leisure PitFor those who don’t work with concrete on a daily basis, there’s an impression of it being either an ancient medium, as in the Pantheon and other Roman ruins made out of concrete or a modern industrial building material that gets covered up somehow.

May 14, 2015
New Formula for High-Strength Shotcrete to Protect Tunnels from Fires and Terrorist Attacks

Fire-proof shotcrete Concrete Decor Magazine Phys.org reported that the science magazine Rubin published research conducted by engineers at Germany's Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum who have developed a shotcrete that can render tunnels, bridges and other structures more resistant against fires and explosions. The new formula enhances concrete with 140 kilograms of steel fibers per cubic meter, a figure that was thought to be impossible for shotcrete. The science magazine Rubin reports that engineers at Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a shotcrete that can render tunnels, bridges and other structures more resistant against fires and explosions.

May 5, 2015
Smart Cement Revolutionizes Well Casings

concrete in borhole drillingsA researcher is trying to give cement sensing properties with applications in the oil industry.

May 1, 2015
Halifax Startup Recycles Carbon Dioxide for Greener Concrete Products

Carbon CureCarbonCure Technologies, a Halifax-based startup that has developed the technology to recycle carbon dioxide gas back into solid concrete.

April 6, 2015
Historic Church's Stunning Architecture Renewed with Concrete

concrete makeover in a churchAn Australian company that specializes in polished concrete and seamless flooring and wall solutions, Honestone, recently completed restoration to give the church new life. The church, which has been affectionally called “Barneys,” enjoyed flooring, a renewed altar area, stairs and a stunning curved wall by Honestone.

April 1, 2015
A New Technology Turns Iron Ore Waste Into Cement

Dry Slag Granulation (DSG)An Australian company is harvesting blast furnace waste and converting it into a new product to make cement in China, where 60% of the world’s iron waste is found.

March 16, 2015
Cement Has Now Been Successfully Reinforced Using Plastic Waste

plastic-reinforced concreteResearchers have successfully reinforced concrete with plastic waste, paving way for the first large-scale sustainable construction practice.

March 12, 2015
Seamless Floors for Award-winning California Brewery

Stonhard's product used on brewery floor in CaliforniaIn 1996, brothers Ron and Rick Chapman made their long-time dream a reality by opening up a brew pub in Coronado, California. Soon after moving into a new facility they began to face challenges common to breweries with sealed concrete floors: cracking and degradation from wide temperature swings and chemical onslaughts.

March 6, 2015
Outdoor Patio Complete With Stained Hummingbird, Flower and Vine Design

Outdoor patio with hummingbird stained and engraved on it.Rick Lobdell of Concrete Mystique Engraving in Nashville, Tennessee, is an artist, not a decorative concrete contractor. Still, in his career he has become known as a guy who can take concrete and turn it into an artistic canvas. He did just that for the Perkins home in Franklin, Tennessee.

March 2, 2015
Buddy Rhodes's Sculptable Concrete Mix Yields Beautiful Results

Vanity base made with Buddy Rhodes productsOur friends at Buddy Rhodes shared this project on their Facebook page and we were so enamored with it and the other projects that this lady has done that we wanted to share it further.

February 26, 2015
Atomic Placement of Elements Makes for Strong Concrete

atomic placement of elements in concreteThe reason concrete is so strong is elemental. According to researchers at Rice University, studying friction on materials such as concrete has provided the answer.

January 12, 2015
Brandon Gore Asked to Judge Furniture Competition Show on Spike TV

Concrete artisan Brandon Gore pouring concrete into formsConcrete artisan Brandon Gore of Gore Design Co., Hard Goods and Concrete Design School was tapped to be a judge on a new competition reality show on Spike TV. Framework is the first competition show based around the challenge of furniture design and construction.

January 6, 2015
Vinegar Facility Requires Durable, Resistant Concrete Floor

Coating on the floor at a vinegar facilityA vinegar-producing company needed a heat- and chemical-resistant floor for their busy production facility. TNT Resurfacing partnered with Azevedo Concrete to install Westcoat’s premier urethane cement system,Temper-Crete, throughout the 1,450-square-foot processing area.

December 29, 2014
Researchers Uncover the Secret Ingredient to Roman Mortar's Strength

Why is Roman cement so strong?Interesting explanation for why ancient mortar has lasted long.

December 17, 2014
Auctioning Concrete Furniture to Support Sick Children Through Art

Concrete bench for auctionWe wrote about the plans by Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products to support an organization called Arts for Life with an auction. The intent was to support an organization that provides an artistic, creative outlet to children and their families who are coping with life-threatening illnesses.

December 10, 2014
Using Bacteria to Help "Heal" Concrete

self-healing concrete with bacteriaScientists in the UK develop a self-healing concrete that uses bacteria to plug cracks.

December 3, 2014
Marketing Interview with Fu-Tung Cheng

Fu Tung Cheng against a concrete wallA marketing professional discovered the genius of Fu-Tung Cheng after he decided to renovate his home with concrete countertops.

November 12, 2014
Super-Krete's President Honored by Forbes as Concrete Entrepreneur

Super-Krete Tracey LackovichOn Oct. 30, Forbes published an excellent profile of Tracey Lackovich, President of Super-Krete International Inc. When Lackovich was building her company, she was also an NFL cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers.

November 5, 2014
Polished Concrete Education Coupled with Reality TV

Polished concrete is a lot more than just a shiny floor. Floors that are burnished to a high gloss are considered polished, but of course a lot of work, skill and technique goes into achieving that look.Polished concrete is a lot more than just a shiny floor. Floors that are burnished to a high gloss are considered polished, but of course a lot of work, skill and technique goes into achieving that look.

November 3, 2014
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