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New standard enables the use of alkali-activated cements

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Lucideon has been developing and applying its proprietary MIDAR technology based on alkali-activated cements for several years. Although it is technically authenticated to meet the requirements for many applications, the lack of acceptance by building standards has been a major hurdle in planning a route to the European market. However, BSI has recently published a new standard, ‘Construction Materials – Alkali-Activated Cementitious Material and Concrete – Specification’, which will remove this obstacle.

The new standard defines raw material and product performance specifications, giving manufacturers of construction material the opportunity to develop products based on alkali-activated cement technologies, safe in the knowledge that they comply with a European standard of approval. The standard refers to and benchmarks against a number of well-used cement standards, thereby ensuring consumer confidence in the new technology.

Rebecca Law, Development Scientist, Lucideon, said:“This new standard is an exciting opportunity for not only the construction sector but many other industries who can explore alternative raw materials in their products without fear of market rejection.

“With the help of our materials experts, manufacturers can develop products using alkali-activated cement technology. This could potentially improve the performance and reduce the raw material costs and carbon footprints of products. At Lucideon, we not only have the experience to develop a new formulation to meet client application requirements, but also the backing of our state-of-the-art laboratories to ensure that new products meet the EU standard.”

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