Helping industry to create low carbon structures and materials for a sustainable future

11 August 2023
Associate Professor Kirk Vessalas, UTS

The Structural and Materials discipline in the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is proud to be at the forefront of multidisciplinary research investigating effective solutions to the heavy construction materials industry in Australia and worldwide for lowering carbon emissions. Our research is actively engaged in overseeing solutions for industry by way of impact and change.

Research has focused on decarbonisation utilising state of art technology at UTS Tech Lab in the following key areas:

  • low carbon footprint structures and construction materials
  • smart material technologies
  • carbon neutrality target assessment
  • interpretation and carbon management strategies

Associate Professor Kirk Vessalas, the Head of Discipline says

Next to water, concrete represents the most widely used material in the world. Its use in construction is forecast to increase to a soaring 29.0 billion m3 by 2050. Cement used in concrete generates 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. “

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