Important news from Australia: The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute (GCI), designed by HASSELL in conjunction with Bligh Tanner and Wagners, is the world’s first building to successfully use geopolymer concrete for structural purposes. The only prior use has been for footpaths by local authorities as a test case.
Queensland’s University GCI building with 3 suspended floors made from structural geopolymer concrete. Credit: Hassel Architect
The 4 story high building, for general public use, comprises 3 suspended geopolymer concrete floors involving 33 precast panels. They are made from slag/fly ash-based geopolymer concrete coined Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC), a Wagners brand name for their commercial form of geopolymer concrete.