Modern Methods of Construction and Innovative Materials


ISBN 978-1-0324-1482-9 (paperback)
ISBN 978-1-0324-1934-3 (hardback)
ISBN 978-1-0033-6046-9 (ebook)
Published by Routledge / Taylor and Francis 2024

This new textbook has two main themes. The first is Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) which
is the off-site manufacture of a wide spectrum of products, ranging from whole buildings to be
transported onto site, down to smaller units or components for site integration. The second theme
describes the innovation and progress towards carbon zero by the major generators of CO2 in the
construction industry – namely cement, steel and glass.

The section on Innovative Materials then describes a wide range of construction products which are
entering into the built environment sector. Some new entrants are variants on well-established
construction materials such as steel and concrete. Materials such as these will remain major
construction materials for the foreseeable future, but their composition and manufacturing processes will inevitably have to change.

The book goes on to describe variants of other traditional building products, such as glass, plastic and insulation, which are undergoing major developments leading towards enhanced environmental sustainability, as well as many emergent materials, some of which, such as hemp, are likely to be significant in future.

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