Three postgraduate students of the Civil Engineering Departments' Unit for Construction Materials (UCM) recently attended and presented four peer-reviewed papers at the Sustainable Futures Conference - Architecture in the Global South (SFC2016). The conference was held at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. This conference was also the final event of the JENGA Project (Joint development of courses for ENerGy-efficient and sustainable housing in Africa), which the UCM has been an active partner in since its inception in October 2013.
PhD candidate, Peter Mbewe, presented two papers entitled 'Environmental Sustainability Evaluation of Low-Cost Buildings: The Case of Buildings under the JENGA Project' and 'Evaluation of Materials Laboratory Capacity for Promotion of Design-Build Teaching Approach in Architectural Courses'. Masters students, Joachim Louw and Leo Pike, each presented a paper, entitled 'Mechanical Properties of Alkali Activated Materials for Construction', and 'Processing Bagasse Ash for the South African Cement Industry', respectively. All four papers were well received.
More information about the UCM can be found at www.sun.ac.za/ucm and about SFC2016 at www.sfc2016.com.