UTS partners with Boral to innovate sustainable building technologies

UTS and Boral have formed a five-year partnership to accelerate research, development and commercialisation of low carbon concrete and other sustainable building materials.

The partnership has resulted in the establishment of the UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building, which aims to advance Australia’s transition to a low carbon economy.

A team of Boral’s best researchers and scientists will co-locate at Tech Lab, gaining access to the multidisciplinary facility, specialist equipment and UTS academic and technical staff.

Dr Louise Keyte, Boral General Manager – Technology Execution and co-director of the UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building said,

“The UTS Boral partnership provides a pathway for everyone to work in a diverse and inclusive culture where thinking with an innovation mindset is supported. 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.”

“Our partnership with Boral further strengthens Tech Lab’s commitment to collaborating with industry on innovative projects,” said UTS Tech Lab Director, Dr Ray Kirby. “Tech Lab is ideally suited to deliver value for our partners, and ensure that research at UTS continues to be relevant and create economic impact.”

UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building Co-director, Professor Vute Sirivivatnanon said, “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. The Centre will also act as an incubator for the next generation of industry-focused researchers, providing them with the skills and experience to become industry leaders of the future.”

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 Boral R&D scientist will co-supervise their industry-focused research.