Coventry University and  UWM Center for By-Products Utilization 

International Conference on

Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies

June 11, 2007 - June 13, 2007

Opening Reception: June 10, 2007

Coventry, U.K.



Conference Aims

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Committee Members

Call for Papers

Author Instructions



Daily Program


Conference Fees and Registration

Dr. Claisse's Travel Recommendations

Contact Us





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    Coventry Canal Basin

Anne Hathaway's Cottage Stratford

New Coventry Cathedral

Warwick Castle Warwick Castle and River Avon  River Avon,  Stratford Old Coventry Cathedral Stoneleigh Abbey


Conference Aims

Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies

Monday, June 11, 2007 to Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Opening Reception Sunday, June 10, 2007

The construction materials industry is a major user of the world's resources. While enormous progress has been made towards sustainability, the scope and opportunities for further improvements are significant. This conference is intended to highlight case studies and research that show new and innovative ways of achieving sustainability of construction materials and technologies.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

We offer the following benefits to Sponsors and Exhibitors:

Exhibition stand in the area where we will serve tea and coffee. 2 delegate places 

Promotion in our mailings, website, etc.

The exhibitor fee will be £1200 + vat.

Committee Members  

Organizing Committee

Peter Claisse, Coventry University 

Tarun R. Naik, UWM Center for By-Products Utilization 

Eshmaiel Ganjian, Coventry University 

Rudolph N. Kraus, UWM Center for By-Products Utilization 

Chris March, Coventry University 

Mark Tyrer, Imperial College London

Technical Committee

Peter Claisse, Coventry University, Chairman

Tarun R. Naik, UWM Center for By-Products Utilization 

Eshmaiel Ganjian, Coventry University 

Rudolph N. Kraus, UWM Center for By-Products Utilization 

Chris March, Coventry University 

Bruce W. Ramme, We Energies, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mark Tyrer, Imperial College London

Julia Stegemann, University College London   

Nizar Ghazireh, Tarmac 

Steve Goodhew, Plymouth University

Mohammed Basheer, Queens University Belfast 

Rita Singh, Construction Products Association

Gurmel Ghataora, Birmingham University

Ali Ramezanianpour, Amir Kabir University

John Forth, Leeds University

Chris Cheesman, Imperial College London

Homayoon Sadeghi Pouya, Coventry University

International Advisory Committee

Nemy Banthia (Canada)

Theodore W. Bremner (Canada)

John Bungey (UK)

S. R. Curwell (UK)

Hanaa Elsayad  (Egypt)

Paulo Roberto do Lago Helene (Brazil)

Steve Hemmings (UK)

Alejandro Durán Herrera (Mexico)

Ravindra Gettu (India)

Konstantin Kovler (Israel)

Giacomo Moriconi (Italy)

Tarun R. Naik (USA), Chairman

Thomas R. Napier (USA)

Sunny Nwaubani (UK)

Jean Pera (France)

Kenji Sakata (Japan)

Tomasz Szczygielski (Poland)

John Zachar (USA)

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Call for Papers  

Papers are invited on all the different materials that are used in construction including cementitious materials, (fly ash, wood ash, slag, silica fume, natural pozzolans, and  other similar materials), aggregates, concrete, timber, masonry, metals, plastics, glass, bitumen, lime, and gypsum. Papers on paints, adhesives, preservatives, and preservation processes are also welcome. 


Using of recyclable by-products in construction materials. Innovative and non-traditional materials. Embodied energy from production. Energy requirements for transport and use. Energy management during construction. Energy management during use of the buildings and infrastructures. Mass balance - sources and final destinations of materials. Sustainability, quality, and public perception. Maintaining quality and durability while achieving sustainability. Making construction materials durable. Life cycle analysis. Designing structures with sustainable materials. End of life-materials that can be demounted/deconstructed and reused or recycled. New materials production and construction technologies using innovative materials. Maintenance and repair technologies for sustainability of buildings and infrastructures.  

Author Instructions




Sample Paper (Report No. CBU-2005-08, UWM Center for By-Products Utilization, P. O. Box 784, Milwaukee, WI  53201,  USA.  E-Mail: <>)



The conference language will be English.


Notification of acceptance of abstracts: July 1, 2006 

Submission of papers for review: October 31, 2006

Submission of papers incorporating reviewers comments: December 1, 2006 

Conference: June 11-13,  2007


The conference will be held at Coventry University. The campus is in the city center within easy walking distance of a wide range of shops and other facilities. For a map of Coventry University with various locations of the conference, please see:  Coventry Map 

Coventry was the original center of the British car industry and is still the home of Jaguar cars. The city center has numerous shops, cafes, pubs, and museums and many historic buildings including the three cathedrals. The first one was demolished during the dissolution of the monasteries and only the foundations remain. The second one was bombed in the great raid of 1940 and the walls and tower remain. The third one is one of the most famous examples of 20th century architecture and a major tourist attraction.

Getting to Coventry.

Coventry is easily accessible by road rail and air.  By road the M1, M6, M40, M42 and M45 motorways all pass close to the city.  By rail we are on the West Coast Main Line just an hour from London by high speed train.  By air we are just 20 minutes by road or rail from Birmingham airport which has direct flights to over 100 destinations including Dubai and several US hubs.  We are 90 minutes by road from London Heathrow and there is a regular coach service to the airport. 

Daily Program.

Registration:  Conference Registration for both pre-registered delegates and those registering at the conference will be at the Coventry Transport Museum from 17.00 to 19.00 on Sunday, June 10 and in the Alan Berry building at Coventry University from 8.30 on Monday, June 11.  Presentations will start at 9.30 on Monday 11 June.

Tours will be subject to an additional charge.  Please note that tours may be cancelled if under-subscribed and that tickets may not be available if they are over-subscribed.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

9.00 am- 12.00 pm   Pre-conference tour to Stoneleigh Abbey (Tour Reservation Form)

Founded in 1154 by a group of Cistercian monks, Stoneleigh Abbey reflects a rich mixture of more than 800 years of history. The estate was the home of the Leigh family from 1561 until the late twentieth century.  Many famous people have connections with the Abbey: Charles I was entertained here when the gates of Coventry were closed against him, Jane Austen stayed at the Abbey and uses descriptions of its grand interiors and gardens in two of her novels, and in 1858 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stayed at Stoneleigh.

2.00 pm-4.00 pm  Pre-conference walking tour of Coventry  (Tour Reservation Form)

The city of three cathedrals, a medieval Guildhall where Mary Queen of Scots was held, the legend of Lady Godiva, and the largest transport museum in the World will be featured in the tour.  Coventry was also the place where a Parliament was held and was once the capital of England, whilst writers such as George Eliot were educated here and she later used the city as a backdrop to two of her novels.  

Opening Reception , from 5 pm: Coventry Transport Museum

Welcoming addresses from the Vice Chancellor of Coventry University and the Lord Mayor of Coventry.

A buffet will be served.  Entertainment with “Lady Godiva��? and visit to the Coventry Transport Museum exhibits.

Although Britain is home to several motor/transport museums, none is more appropriately sited than that in Coventry - the city in which Britain's road transport industry was born and which, more than any other, has helped to get this country mobile. Originally opened as the Museum of British Road Transport in 1980, it's recently been renamed Coventry Transport Museum following a four year £ 7.5 million revamp carried out as part of Coventry's city center regeneration program. The result is the largest collection of British road transport exhibits in the world, with over 500 machines on show in the impressive new facility which boasts 125,000 square feet of floor space. As the name suggests, there's more to the museum than just cars, with the exhibits also including bikes and commercial vehicles and with period sets and audio-visual presentations helping to convey the history of British road transport and Coventry's important - and continuing - part in it.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Conference presentations:  Opening plenary session followed by four parallel sessions (Conference Sessions)

Lunch in St Mary's Guildhall.    This spectacular medieval hall is just 3 minutes walk from the conference venue.

St Mary's Guildhall served as the center of King Henry VI's court during the Wars of the Roses and as a prison to Mary, Queen of Scots. William Shakespeare is thought to have staged his plays here and writer George Elliot, who knew the hall well, used it as the setting for a scene in one of her novels. Its kitchens have prepared banquets for visiting monarchs and have fed starving weavers. It has been the good-humored starting point for the famous Godiva Processions and been damaged in violent election riots. It was scarred by, but survived, the Blitz of Coventry during the Second World War and it continues to this day to welcome visitors from all over the world.

 Accompanying persons tour: Warwick and Stratford upon Avon  (Tour Reservation Form)

  Warwick:    Warwick Castle was the home of the Earls of Warwick and is now owned by Madame Tussauds. Besides being considered the most complete castle in England, its also tells a story of its history and the part it has played in The War of The Roses, The English Civil War, and the 100 year with France. Explore and see the Kingmaker exhibition of 1471, The Royal Party visit of 1898, and, of course, the Great Hall which has seen much entertainment over the years.  

  Stratford upon Avon:    The birthplace of William Shakespeare and now an attractive town that keeps alive the story and plays of this great writer. Visit any of the five houses associated with this great man and explore the town and its links to English history including the canal system which runs to the river Avon. With all its gardens, it is an attractive place to spend time and explore its historical environment. 

At the end of the conference sessions coaches will be provided to Stratford upon Avon

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford upon Avon. 

We have reserved a limited number of tickets to a performance of King Lear with Ian McKellen.  Delegates wishing to attend should reserve a ticket on the conference registration web site as soon as possible.  Please see ON-LINE REGISTRATION to purchase tickets.  All delegates may enjoy the delightful riverside town and its many excellent restaurants.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Conference presentations:  Four parallel sessions  (Conference Sessions)

Lunch in St Mary's Guildhall

Accompanying persons tour Oxford & Blenheim Palace  (Tour Reservation Form)

   Oxford:   A city that is famous for the quality of its education and is linked to many famous people around the World. Nearly 30 of this country's prime Ministers have been educated here including Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher, while others like Bill Clinton also attended. Explore the links to such people as Lewis Carroll and see where Alice in Wonderland was created and walk along the floors featured in all of the Harry Potter films. Find out more about the work of C. S. Lewis and others who over the 800 years of existence, have attended one of the World's greatest places to be educated.   

  Blenheim Palace:   The birthplace of Winston Churchill, one of this country's most famous Prime Ministers and a house that compares to no other in this country with amazing views. 

Conference Dinner.

The dinner will be held at the Coventry Hilton hotel.  Entertainment with the Ladyes of Coombe.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Conference presentations:  Four parallel sessions  (Conference Sessions)

Lunch in St Mary's Guildhall

Accompanying persons tour to Birmingham  (Tour Reservation Form)

   Birmingham:   A city of a 1,000 trades that grew up in the industrial revolution and is now this country's second largest city. Explore its past by visiting the Jewellery Quarter, something unique in this country and find out about its part in producing pens for the World. Learn more about its link to the Cadbury family and see where J. R. Tolkien got some of his inspiration for Lord of the Rings. Also take time to shop in the recently rebuilt Bull Ring shopping complex.  

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Post-conference day tour to the Cotswolds  (Tour Reservation Form)

The Cotswolds is always an attractive and beautiful place and one of the most visited parts of England since the Romans came nearly 2,000 years ago. Today you can explore the heart of the area by visiting Bourton on the Water, Stow on the Wold, Broadway and many other places in this attractive part of England, best seen during the summer months. Have lunch in restaurants overlooking a stream running down the middle of the village and enjoy the splendor of the famous and historic Cotswold stone houses.


In the center of Coventry there is a wide range of hotels and a range of budget options.

Available Dates:

From : June 07, 2007  To : June 16, 2007 

Event Code: CVNSCMT06
Event Location: Coventry University, Coventry England

We recommend a choice of five different hotels.


For locations of these hotels and the location of the conference at Coventry University, please see Hotels and Coventry Map


The Leofric (from 90 pounds per night), excellent and very near the conference venue:

The Ramada (a new 4 star hotel from 80 pounds per night), very good but 15-20 minutes walk from the conference venue:

The Britannia (from 55 pounds per night), very good, near the conference venue:


There are also two inexpensive  (but modern) hotels within five minutes walk of the conference venue.  To book them visit and search in Coventry.  The two hotels are:

The IBIS Coventry Centre hotel.  The cost is from 45 pounds per night for a clean basic room with en-suite.  Reservations can be made slightly more than a year before the conference date.

The Formule 1 Coventry city hotel.  The cost is from 26 pounds per night for a basic room with shared facilities.  Reservations can be made about four months before the conference date.

Reservations By Phone:

Delegate Contact: Jean Dennis
Delegate Contact Telephone Number: +0044 (0)870 811 6397

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Registration for both pre-registered delegates and those registering at the conference will be at the Coventry Transport Museum from 17.00 to 19.00 on Sunday, June 10 and in the Alan Berry building at Coventry University from 8.30 on Monday, June 11.  Presentations will start at 9.30 on Monday 11 June.


Delegates                                                                            £450

Delegates booking before March 1, 2007                             £400

Authors, Committee members, students, retired persons         

before February 28, 2007                                                       £350

Authors, Committee members, students, retired persons        £400


Fee includes the following for one delegate:


Teas, Coffees, Lunches, and Opening Reception 

Conference proceedings 

Conference dinner


Delegates who do not wish to to use the credit card option in the on-line pre-registration should Contact Us for alternate payment methods.    On-line pre-registration will close on Thursday, June 7, however, delegates may also register on-site at the conference.  Conference Registration for both pre-registered delegates and those registering at the conference will be at the Coventry Transport Museum from 17.00 to 19.00 on Sunday, June 10 and in the Alan Berry building at Coventry University from 8.30 on Monday, June 11.  

Amendments to registration:

Any amendments must be submitted to the conference secretariat in writing. No charge will be made for amendments to registration for name changes or substitutions before May 1, 2007.


Notification of cancellation must be sent to the conference secretariat in writing. Cancellations will be accepted until May 1, 2007 with a refund of all pre-paid fees except for an administration charge of GBP 50.00 (fifty pounds sterling). No refund for cancellations will be made after this date, but substitutions can be made.

 Accompanying Persons

 Guests may attend the welcome reception.  Upon payment of the appropriate charge they may join the excursions and attend the conference dinner.

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Dr. Claisse's Travel Recommendations

How to get to Coventry.

Fly into Birmingham airport (BHX).  This is far more convenient that any of the London airports such as Heathrow.

 It will cost about 35 pounds and take about 20 minutes in a taxi to get to the centre of Coventry from the airport. Alternatively there is a good rail link from the airport (the station at the airport is Birmingham International) and the hotels are 5-10 minutes walk from Coventry station.

If you have to fly to a London airport there is a coach service.

Where to go from Coventry (other than the conference tours).

Coventry is a good place to stay for visiting London.  Go by train.  Book your ticket at and choose your time of travel to get a cheap fare.

Book your visits to the attractions in advance.  Book the Historic Royal Palaces at  Also book

Traveling around England

If you plan to go anywhere except London or Birmingham hire a car.

I recommend that you should book accommodation well in advance.  For standard modern (and fairly cheap) hotels try  or  If not almost all the small hotels and bed-and-breakfasts can be booked on-line through agencies (look on Google).

I recommend the South coast and, in particular, Cornwall in the far South West.  The towns and villages along the coast are very attractive.  Try StIves, StMawes or Mevagissey.

If you are going towards London try Henley on Thames or Windsor.

Where to go when you get there.

Go to the pub.  The food is generally ok.  If you drink beer order “bitter��? and make sure that it comes from a hand pump.  Note that the UK pint is 25% more than the US pint.  If you don’t like the pub food most of the rest is cuisine from another country, e.g. Chinese, Italian, Indian etc.  Don’t expect this to resemble what you would get in the country it comes from but it is generally ok.

My Personal Favorite

The British canals were used for freight 200 years ago but are now almost entirely for leisure.  Many of the old canals had become derelict but are now being restored.  To visit some of the most spectacular ones see

Contact Us

Dr Peter Claisse, Conference Secretariat 

Sir John Laing Building

Coventry University 

Priory Street

Coventry CV1 5FB, UK 


Phone 024 7688 8881 (international +44 24 7688 8881) 

Reception 024 7688 8166 (international +44 24 7688 8166) 

Fax 024 7688 8296 (international +44 24 7688 8296)




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 All best endeavors will be made to present the program as detailed. However, the conference secretariat and the organizing committee and its agents reserve the right to alter or cancel without prior notice, any of the arrangements, including timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the conference, exhibition or social events, for any cause beyond its reasonable control. The conference secretariat and the organizing committee and its agents are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alteration.

 In the event of cancellation of the conference all pre-paid fees will be re-funded in full. However, the conference secretariat and the organizing committee and its agents are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such a cancellation. In particular, the organizers will not be liable to refund any travel or hotel costs incurred by delegates or their partners. Delegates and their partners are strongly advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance to cover personal possessions as the conference does not cover individuals against cancellation of bookings or theft or damage to belongings.

 The secretariat will hold and process your personal details on our database. This information is necessary for the legitimate management of this conference, which will not include it being available to any organizing/sponsoring company. The database will be transferred to the property of the conference organizers once the conference has concluded.

 If you wish your details to be removed from our database, you may write to us at any time.



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