Sustainability Series: Modular concrete: recent leaner and lower carbon developments/

Organiser: MPA- The concrete Centre

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The efficiency and durability of offsite construction systems, using concrete, helps to reduce their embodied carbon. This webinar brings together speakers to share their experience of recent projects utilising additional measures to save carbon, and to provide other sustainability benefits.

Date: Thursday 21 September 2023
Time: 13:00 – 13:45
Price: Free

13:00 Introduction – Elaine Toogood – Director of Architecture and Sustainable Design, The Concrete Centre 

13:05 Innovative crosswall construction for student residences, University of York, Natalia Maximova, Associate Partner, Sheppard Robson

Natalia will explain the strategies developed though design and collaboration with the manufacturer and construction team to improve the material efficiency and carbon credentials of two new student residential colleges using precast concrete. These include ‘structure as finish’, repeated use of moulds, use of thermal mass with other sustainable benefits such as reduced construction waste and high air tightness.

13:20 Lower carbon, modular concrete bridgesPhilip Robinson, Civil Engineering Leader, Laing O’Rourke 

Laing O’Rourke’s new kit-of-parts solution for bridges adopts a ‘product-led design’ approach, with a digital configuration process, using a family of standardised, precast concrete units to save both time and resources in construction. This presentation will describe the project work identifying embodied carbon savings achieved in the construction stage, and further carbon reduction opportunities, including use of low carbon mixes and alternative reinforcement.

13:35 Q & A 

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