New Centre to research sustainable building technologies
A five-year partnership between Boral and UTS will to accelerate product innovation, and the research, development and commercialisation of low carbon concrete.
Together we have established the UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building at UTS Tech Lab, bringing academia and industry together to research and innovate sustainable building technologies.
This unique venture gives Boral access to specialist equipment and UTS academic and technical staff, co-locating researchers and scientists from both organisations at this multidisciplinary research facility.
The partnership aims to rapidly advance Australia's transition to a low carbon economy, with practical pathways delivering incremental and transformational steps to low carbon building and construction. It will also enhance the work of Boral’s in-house innovation teams in Australia and the United States, who deliver practical solutions through industry partnerships and the development of sustainable building materials, said Dr Ross Harper, Boral Group President, HSE, Sustainability, Innovation and Operations Excellence
We’re passionate about product innovation and sustainability because it represents our future. It is strategically important to Boral to maintain its current position and respond to emerging trends, change and disruption. We continue to invest in research and development with a focus on developing superior performing products and solutions for our customers that deliver a lower carbon footprint and use recycled content
UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building Co-director, Professor Vute Sirivivatnanon said the Centre will be an incubator for the next generation of industry-focused researchers, providing them with the skills and experience to become industry leaders of the future,
Partnering with Boral will significantly advance our research into, and development of, construction materials at Tech Lab, increasing the size and capacity of our research team and accelerating the impact of their work.
For UTS Tech Lab Director, Dr Ray Kirby the partnership further strengthens Tech Lab’s commitment to collaborating with industry on innovative projects as Tech Lab is ideally suited to deliver value for partners, and ensures that research at UTS continues to be relevant and create economic impact. Dr Louise Keyte, Boral General Manage Technology Execution and co-director of the UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building, said it will be a pathway for everyone to work in a diverse and inclusive culture which supports an innovation mindset.
The partnership adds a richness to our organisation and is a significant step forward for Boral’s capability and our ability to deliver rapid solutions to our customers.
As part of the partnership, Boral will sponsor eight scholarships for students to join researchers, with a focus on providing sustainable solutions to key challenges facing the cement and concrete industry.
A UTS academic and a Boral R&D scientist will co-supervise their industry-focused research.