Relationship to ongoing media coverage surrounding RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) panels:
The GGBS paper refers to the use of standard concretes, not RAAC which is no longer manufactured in the UK.
Using GGBS in concrete does not typically introduce safety issues, however we recognise that climate change threatens the longer-term safety of humanity, and so treat the topic with similar importance.
The lesson to learn from RAAC is that when industry leaders outline technical concerns, these need to be acted on. This paper stems from research led by a Professional Engineering Institution in collaboration with the wider industry. It is important that this information is now acted upon through public policy and corporate decision-making.
For further information please contact:
Helen Thompson, The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) +44 (0)7930 34543 or email [email protected]
Hannah Fairley, The Climate Group, email [email protected]
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