Breathable concrete for low energy buildings

Jim Min Wong, Fredrik Paul Glasser, M.S. Imbabi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution


The present paper reports the early outcomes of research to develop a new type of air permeable, breathable concrete. Pre-cast concrete blocks can be made possessing the necessary permeability and strength for handling and construction of energy efficient breathing buildings. The authors demonstrate how the tortuous permeation channels in this new type of material can be designed and optimised to provide adequate structural strength,act as a ventilation source, and significantly reduce thermal conductivity. Pre-cast breathable concrete blocks thus provide an elegant and sustainable building material.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Renewable Energy Congress 2005 (WREC 2005), Aberdeen, UK
EditorsMohammed Imbabi, C. P. Mitchell
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780080446714, 008044671X
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventWorld Renewable Energy Congress 2005 - Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 May 200527 May 2005


ConferenceWorld Renewable Energy Congress 2005
Abbreviated titleWREC 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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