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Week in Tech: A Plan for Sustainable Concrete | Architect Magazine

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Courtesy Northwestern University
Courtesy Northwestern University

Researchers from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., have developed a plan for significantly reducing the carbon emissions that result from the production of concrete, the second most used substance in the world, behind water. In the report “Decarbonizing Concrete: Deep decarbonization pathways for the cement and concrete cycle in the United States, India and China,” the researchers, in collaboration with San Francisco–based ClimateWorks Foundation, outline the full life cycle of cement and concrete, pinpointing “key decarbonization levers and opportunities,” according to a Northwestern press release. “One clear conclusion we arrived at in the course of our research is that there is no single solution, but rather a range of small and large changes that will be necessary to achieve net-zero emission targets,” said project lead Eric Masanet, in the same release. The report examines two different approaches to concrete production—a production-centric approach and a whole-system approach—and offers 30 different decarbonizing solutions, such as utilizing efficient kilns and bioderived fuels. [Northwestern University]

Aiming to reduce the waste generated while creating custom 3D printed objects, researchers from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering have crafted a moving platform that dynamically supports objects as they’re printed, eliminating the need for printed supports, conserving materials and improving the sustainability of 3D printing. “When you’re 3-D printing complex shapes, half of the time you are building the parts that you need, the other half of the time you’re building the supports,” said Yong Chen, a lead researcher and professor of industrial and systems engineering, in a USC press release. “[I]n terms of printing time, we have a savings of about 40%.” [USC Viterbi]

Autodesk has released Revit 2022, a new edition of the BIM software that includes a number of customer-requested features. “With Revit 2022, we doubled down on where Revit is most useful to you,” states Autodesk product marketer David Smolker in a blog post. “Based on your feedback and popular requests, we are delivering more effective design to documentation workflows, improved interoperability for project teams across all stages of design, and a raft of design productivity enhancements that will raise the quality of life when working in Revit.” [ARCHITECT]

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