International Conference on Advances in Construction Materials
through Science and Engineering will be organized under the sponsorship
of The International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories
for Materials and Structures (RILEM), in conjunction with the 65th
RILEM Week to be held in Hong Kong, China SAR. This conference
can be considered as a sequel to two earlier conferences on Advances
in Concrete through Science and Engineering, held in Evanston (2004)
and Quebec City (2006) respectively, but with a broader scope to
cover other construction materials besides concrete.
While construction activities improve the quality
of our lives, they also have significant impact on our environment.
The production of construction materials requires energy and generates
greenhouse gases. The reduction of carbon footprint for construction
materials can start at the production phase, where energy efficient
processes can be developed and waste or recycled materials can
be employed. However, it is just as important to increase the life
of constructed facilities, so the frequency of construction activities
can be reduced. Experience over the last few decades has shown
that poor material durability is often the cause of pre-mature
deterioration of structures, resulting in the need for large scale
repair and even reconstruction. Better understanding of the loading
and environmental effects on material deformation and failure is
required for more durable materials to be designed. Sensing and
non-destructive techniques are useful as they enable better quality
control and early identification of damages. With the proper repair/strengthening materials and methods, structure life
can then be extended with little cost and additional carbon emission.
When structures are built to resist extreme loading (e.g., earthquake,
hurricane), the innovative use of high performance materials can
effectively control damage and prevent collapse. For buildings,
carbon footprint will also be greatly reduced if indoor/outdoor
heat exchange is decreased. Material with improved thermal insulation,
which is an example of functional materials, can then be useful.