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Nanotechnology in construction and demolition: What we know, what we don’t

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posted on 07.03.2019, 13:19 by Alistair Gibb, Wendy Jones, Chris I. Goodier, Phillip D. Bust, Mo Song, Jie Jin
Self-cleaning windows, very high strength concrete and thin, super-efficient insulation are just three examples of new building materials promised by nanotechnology, which manipulates matter at the atomic level. But for all their purported benefits, little is known about the risks posed by very small, engineered particles and fibres. Some long and very thin strands might act like asbestos if they are inhaled, for instance. To begin addressing this knowledge gap, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) sponsored a research team at Loughborough University, led by Professor Alistair Gibb and Dr Wendy Jones, to investigate where these materials are used, how widespread this use is, what the potential risks are and how workers in construction and demolition might manage them. The executive summary of that report, released in January, is reproduced here with IOSH’s permission.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Construction Research and Innovation

Volume

9

Issue

2

Pages

55 - 58

Citation

GIBB, A.G.F. ... et al., 2018. Nanotechnology in construction and demolition: What we know, what we don’t. Construction Research and Innovation, 9(2), pp. 55 - 58.

Publisher

© IOSH. Published by Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

30/03/2018

Publication date

2018-06-20

Notes

This paper is based on the abstract of the main IOSH research report, published with permission from IOSH. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Construction Research and Innovation on 20 Jun 2018, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/20450249.2018.1470405

ISSN

2045-0249

eISSN

2475-6822

Language

en

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