11 and 12 November 2024
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
The SUBLime Conference on the next generation of sustainable masonry systems will be held on 11 and 12 November 2024.
This conference is held within the scope of the SUBLime Network.
SUBLime (Sustainable Building Lime Applications via Circular Economy and Biomimetic Approaches) aims to train researchers in multiple scientific and engineering fields for a better understanding and development of sustainable innovation solutions for mortars, renders and plasters in new construction and conservation of the built heritage.
This conference will be a key platform for dissemination of the SUBLime’s results, and everyone is invited to participate. This is also a great opportunity to discuss and share on-going research on sustainable masonry systems and other challenges.
This conference focuses on a wide variety of topics that contribute towards a more sustainable future in the world of masonry construction systems (both load-bearing and non-load-bearing). The following sub-topics have been identified:
Future readiness of lime-based building materials: from heritage to innovation
Prof. emeritus Koenraad Van Balen, dr.ir.arch – KU Leuven
Construction materials that last more than 500 years, will last 500 years or more if applied today. Learning from the past and particularly from cultural heritage as a knowledge depository and inspiring solution database has driven us not only to develop preservation strategies but also to develop innovative sustainable and lasting construction materials. In depth research of lime mortar-based constructions integrating todays scientific insights and tools, helped understanding processes of carbonation and their influence on behaviour of masonry; It helped questioning he paradigms that “modern” building materials developed in the beginning of the X20th century has developed its insights on.
Engineer-Architect Koenraad Van Balen, additional degree in conservation and a PhD in Engineering. Now an emeritus professor at the Civil Engineering department, he was the former director of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation. He was member of the research Council of KU Leuven, initiators of the KU Leuven Institute for Cultural heritage. Former Secretary-General of ISCARSAH, member of ICOMOS Belgium, Monumentenwacht Flanders, WTA, RILEM and member of the Council of Europa Nostra. He is jury member for the European Heritage Awards and panel member of the European Heritage Label. He is involved in various World Heritage Sites. He is strongly involved in the European Institute of Technology (EIT) Culture and Creativity.
Sustainable mortars and plasters from an industrial point of view
Dr. Tina Oertel – Sievert Baustoffe SE & Co. KG
Sustainability has many facets. We will give insight into the development of sustainable mortars and renders using recycled limestone which attributes to the demand to increasingly replace raw materials from natural resources by recycled materials. Furthermore, we will present newly developed renders with improved thermal insulation properties as a necessity to keep heating energy in our buildings. All along the way, synergies are used by combining findings from university research projects, improvements of the raw materials industry und progress in the dry-mix mortar industry.
Tina Oertel, born in 1985 in Germany, is Senior Team Leader in the Research and Development Department of Sievert Baustoffe SE & Co. KG. She is leading two research groups with a focus on renders for inside and outside application, e.g. thermal insulation mortars and reinforcing mortars for ETHIC systems. Furthermore, she is a member of the DIN standardization committee for plasters. Tina’s passion for building materials emanates from her studies of civil engineering at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and the Finger-Institute for Building Materials Science. She did her PhD along with the international graduate school of the Elite Network of Bavaria focussing on ’The Influence of Amorphous, Sub-Micrometer Silica Particles Ultra-High Performance Concrete’.
Functionalization of lime mortars and plasters: A biomimetic approach
Prof. Carlos Rodríguez-Navarro – University of Granada
Lime mortars and plasters have been used as building materials since the origins of pyrotechnology in the Levant ca. 12,000-14,000 years ago, and currently are experiencing a revival as compatible and sustainable materials in heritage conservation and modern construction. Extensive research has recently explored ways to improve their properties, particularly using Nature as an inspiration. Such a biomimetic approach is enabling the functionalization of lime mortars and plasters via different strategies that are reviewed here and include accelerated setting via enzymatic-like catalyzed carbonation, increased toughness via inter- and intracrystalline additive incorporation, modification of surface wettability and enhanced self-cleaning ability via surface microtexturing and photoactive nanoparticle incorporation, anti-biofouling capacity, increased radiative cooling, or self-healing properties.
Carlos Rodriguez-Navarro, a geologist by training, is a full professor in the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of Granada (Spain), having joined the university in 1999. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Getty Conservation Institute (J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles), from 1995 until 1999. His research interest focuses on heritage weathering and conservation, as well as on mineral formation and dissolution. He has published more than a hundred papers and several patents on topics ranging from salt damage, nanoscale processes during chemical weathering, bacterial mineralization, lime mortars functionalization, and mineral carbon capture and sequestration. He is a fellow of the Mineralogical Society of Spain and Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Mineralogy.
Masonry systems: past, present and future
Prof. Jan Kubica – Silesian University of Technology
The presentation will be covering construction and material systems used in masonry construction, both in European countries and in a broader geographical context, including other continents. The development and changes of masonry systems in historical terms will be shown, depending on the climatic conditions in given areas and the development of societies and the level of their economy. With reference to the current state, i.e. the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, the material and construction solutions most commonly adopted in various countries with variable climatic requirements and various dominant loads, including seismic ones, will be presented. An attempt will also be made, as far as it is currently possible, to outline the directions of development of masonry structures in the coming decades, taking into account the circular economy, CO2 reduction and the maximum use of natural and recycled raw materials.
Full professor of structural engineering and the Head of the Department of Structural Engineering at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice with more than 30 years of experience in experimental techniques, advanced numerical modelling of masonry, concrete (including precast and prestressed concrete) and composite structures. Author or co-author of more than 200 publications. Member of many international and national bodies including five Polish Standard Committees (since 1994). His current scientific interests include modern cement-based and lime-based materials, methacrylate glues for steel strengthening, not-metallic reinforcement and graphene using in building materials applications, as well as geopolymers and the use of ANN.
The conference will be held at the city of Funchal in Madeira (Portugal), at Hotel Pestana Casino Park, which is very convenient and well equipped for conferences in terms of facilities, transportation, proximity to other hotels and to the city centre.
Funchal is one of the region’s oldest municipalities and it became a city in 1508. The city of Funchal has many leisure activities on offer, you can visit the magnificent monuments, museums and gardens, shop, explore its Portuguese-style cobbled streets or simply have a pleasant time sitting on a terrace. The temperate in November ranges between 17 and 21º C.
The island of Madeira is located to the southwest of mainland Portugal, in the Atlantic Ocean. The conference takes place in the island’s capital, Funchal. The Municipality of Funchal extends over a large hill, arranged in an amphitheatre, from the coast up to Pico do Areeiro, situated at 1818 m above sea level. The island is full of attractions, including beautiful hiking trails, breath-taking viewpoints and a wide range of excursions. It also has a long history, with charming villages, museums and art galleries.
Madeira is very well-connected and easily accessible, with daily short flights from Lisbon and Porto, and more than 60 direct connections to European cities.
This Conference is organised by the SUBLime consortium. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955986.