Building Materials

The construction sector is considered to be one of the major contributors to economic growth of the nation. It has strong links with other industries, especially those associated with building materials. Also it is highly resource and energy intensive sector.

At DA, we conduct research and develop building materials that use industrial wastes and have low embodied energy. In collaboration with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), we have been instrumental in the introduction and dissemination of EcoKiln technology in the country. Within a span of 12 years, more than 120 EcoKilns were established on a commercial mode, producing premium quality bricks and thereby promoting entrepreneurship. We have also worked considerably in research, development and promotion of fly ash bricks. TARA Machines and Tech Services Pvt Ltd. have developed technologies and machines based on scientific analysis and understanding of the waste materials. DA is working on a breakthrough cement technology, Limestone Calcined Clay Cement or LC3 with an international consortium which includes IIT-Madras, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Bombay from India, École Polytechnique Fédérale deLausanne (EPFL) from Switzerland and Centro de Investigacióny Desarrollo de Medicamentos (CIDEM) from Cuba. This technology has the potential to cut 30% carbon emissions and save up to 50% natural resources by utilising mining wastes


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