Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), with glass waste ceramic tiles.
Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Full article issued by The University of New South Wales (UNSW).

A research team based at the UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), and led by ARC Australian Laureate Fellow Professor Veena Sahajwalla, has developed an effective process to turn old clothing and textiles into high-quality building products such as flat panels.

These high-end composite products can have a wood veneer look or a ceramic-style finish and were lab tested for qualities such as fire and water resistance, flexibility, acoustic and load-bearing capabilities, but have not yet undergone any formal assessment against construction regulations. The research team now plans to launch a laboratory-scale ‘green microfactory’ in 2019, to test the mechanical performance properties of the new materials, in preparation for formal regulatory assessment.

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Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), with glass waste ceramic tiles. Credit: UNSW.