It is expected that by 2040 there will be an additional one million people living in Ireland. Two of the key elements to accommodate this growth are the construction of up to half a million new homes, and a safe and sustainable transport infrastructure providing greater access to all regions of the country. Most of the raw materials required by the construction sector are derived from local finite resources. Ensuring optimal utilization requires full understanding of the physical and chemical properties of these raw materials and investigation of potential alternative sources.
Research activities are focussed on the following areas:
Geological materials for Irish construction
Safe and Sustainable Materials for Ireland’s Expanding Road Network
- Reducing the carbon footprint of Irish concrete, innovations in 3D printing and geopolymers
- Quantification and reduction of radiation dose from building materials