Reducing the carbon emissions of building construction using thin-shell concrete floors

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Abstract

Steel and concrete are consumed in vast quantities as the global population continues to grow, develop and urbanise. Both these materials are carbon-intensive to produce, and construction therefore represents one of the hardest sectors of the economy to decarbonise. This project reimagines one of the most common uses of steel and concrete: floor slabs in multi-storey buildings. An innovative vaulted system is proposed, which takes inspiration from historical structures whilst utilising modern materials and construction methods. It is shown to offer significant carbon savings over today's typical floor structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalConcrete in Australia
Volume48
Issue number2
Publication statusAcceptance date - 1 Jun 2022

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