Automated Concrete Construction (ACORN)
Decarbonising construction by rethinking the way that concrete is used in buildings.
As the industry tackles the huge level of carbon emissions from concrete, a partnership between the Universities of Bath, Cambridge and Dundee is leading an alliance of nearly 30 industry partners to reimagine the way concrete is used in construction. Called ACORN, the alliance is saying goodbye to traditional concrete beams, columns and slabs that are made and cast onsite, wasting more concrete than is needed. Instead they are testing out new design approaches, manufacturing processes and robotic technology to spray and mould concrete into more efficient forms. These forms still have high structural integrity but use the minimum amount of materials, reducing carbon impact by an estimated 50%.
Innovation type: Digital, Kit of parts, Manufacturing, Offsite
Organisation type: ACE (Architect / Consultant Engineer), Construction tier 1 contractors, Research centre