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. “

Full article


You may also like this

Paving the way: How women are redefining Australia’s concrete industry

NewsArticles8 March 2024

In an industry traditionally dominated by men, women in concrete are continuing to defy stereotypes, break barriers, and leave an...

Building a New World

NewsArticles26 October 2023

World Sustainability Day is an opportunity to reflect on what sustainability in the Built Environment means. It is also a...

Net Zero: Concrete innovation must lay the foundation

NewsArticles19 October 2023

There is no net zero without a dramatic reduction in emissions from concrete production. While Australia has exceptional capabilities in...

NextGen Forum: Intergenerational collaboration to drive the future of concrete

NewsArticles1 October 2023

In July 2023, I assumed the role of Education Manager at SmartCrete CRC, and it has been an incredibly dynamic...