The UK Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT) has published “Qatar Recycling Implementation” book on its website.
The book “Implementation of Recycled Aggregate in Construction” is written by Dr. Eng. Mohammed Bin Saif Al Kuwari, Head of the scientific research team at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Dr. Khaled Hassan, Managing Director of the Infrastructure Research & Development at the Qatar Science and Technology Park, and Dr. Murray Reid, Expert in Geology and Civil Engineering (UK).
The ICT is internationally recognised as the hub for promoting concrete technology and consolidating professional development of practitioners worldwide, and has published this book to share knowledge and practical experience on the appropriate methods for recycling in construction.
Following the publication of the book on ICT website, a workshop has been arranged next month for the book authors to present their work and achievements on developing and implementing the recycled materials, and how applied research has been used to make a change in the construction industry in Qatar.
The Qatar government has placed great emphasis on sustainability, and set its national vision and national development plans with targets across the different sectors.
Specifications, guidance documents, and manuals have been published to support recycling, but limited information is available on the performance of recycled materials in service. This book presents information on the performance of recycled materials in real exposure conditions, covering a range of recycled materials in various construction applications.
Construction in hot desert areas poses many challenges of excessive heat and humidity for large parts of the year, particularly in coastal areas; such the Arabian Gulf, and lack of suitable aggregates; such as the case in Qatar.
These challenges have raised concerns on the durability of recycled aggregate and how they will perform in the long-term, under such aggressive exposure environments.
The book presents the main waste streams in Qatar with advanced technologies, to process and use these materials in innovative construction products, or at least similar performance to conventional products.
The approach adopted is based on site performance of recycled aggregates, up to 5 years in service, to demonstrate the durability of recycled aggregate and to compare its performance to conventional construction products, made with primary aggregate materials.
Such approach offers a practical validation of the performance of recycled aggregate in real exposure conditions, and provides confidence for the industry to implement in practice.
The book is the outcome of a research project, awarded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and IRD at the Qatar Science & Technology Park, which commenced in 2018 for a 3 years duration. The project team is delighted with the outcomes of the recycling implementation book that support the Qatar’s National Environment and Climate Change Strategy (QNE), and grateful to His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Faleh Bin Nasser Al Thani, Minister of Environment and Climate Change,and His Excellency Dr. Saad Bin Ahmed Al Muhannadi, President of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), for their continuous encouragement for innovation and support to the project.
Finally, the authors are also grateful to QNRF, for their fund and care to serve the country in achieving prosperity for the society.