How to build a house and help the planet

How to build a house and help the planet


Anna Klimakina


Institute of Environmental Engineering

Throwing litter away people usually don’t think where it goes or will it ever be recycled. But now we have to face the fact that winters are not as cold as they used to be and summers make you want to find a shelter to hide from the heat. People become allergic to usual things, different problems with digestion and respiration organs arise. However, scientists are trying to solve these problems and the RUDN University is helping them in every possible way.

The idea of using waste in manufacturing isn’t brand new; one can often find articles on the Internet devoted to the waste disposal. For example, it’s possible to get carpet fibers from plastic bottles, and construction waste from a pulled down building can be reused in another construction. But it doesn’t happen everywhere. What if it could be possible to use other solid domestic waste in building? Anna Klimakina, the RUDN University’s  Ecological Faculty student, found a perfect response to this question.

Anna entered the University to solve the problems of ecology and efficient use of resources. Numerous laboratories, professional equipment and honoured professors were another reason to make the right choice. When so called eco-concrete was produced with the use of waste and brought to the  Ecological Faculty, she swung into the research of it. The problem was that despite the fact that the ingredients of the eco-concrete include solid household and industrial waste, the durability of the product was very low and there was no possibility to use it in an industrial construction. Eventually, as a result of the hard long work in the laboratory of the RUDN University she came up with the idea to use nano-enabled cement in the composition of eco-concrete to improve its constructional qualities.

Nano-enabled cement is an invention of Russian scientists. It is produced from regular concrete but each grain of it is covered with a nano-shell several nanometers thick. Thanks to this nano-shell the life-span of the product, its durability and freeze-thaw qualities were definitely improved.

The idea of using nano-enabled cement in concrete production with addition of waste was brand new. Concrete durability now matches the required building standarts and can easily be used in construction.

Anna managed to achieve her goal – to invent a project which can help to save natural resources, reduce waste disposal areas and make the construction of different eco-friendly objects possible for everyone. This project was presented at professional conferences and forums and drew attention of other researches.

The new composition of eco-concrete is planned to be patented and prepared for the ecological certification in order to use “EcoMaterial” or “Leaf of life” eco-labels. Eco-composition concrete will be produced on construction materials plants for using it by architecture companies, firms or individuals.

The RUDN University international platform gives you the chance to bring any idea to life, make your own contribution to the preservation of the planet, meet like-minded people and you can be sure that you’ll always be supported. If you want to be a real scientist and protect nature, you simply need to take the initiative and explore the RUDN University! 

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