The world needs new development and industrialization models that are characterized by respect for the environment and sustainability. The construction industry is at the forefront of facing today's challenges, providing durable, efficient and effective infrastructure systems, affordable housing, clean water, energy, communication and sanitation, fundamental to economic prosperity, social justice, political stability and quality of life for the planet's inhabitants.
Many non-conventional materials in the 21st century have their roots in the vernacular of traditional construction, including raw earth, natural materials such as bamboo, straw and vegetable fibres. For these traditional materials and techniques, to meet modern construction, cost and performance demands, further development, innovative solutions and systematic scientific research are required. Meanwhile, industrialized materials, including steel and concrete, must also aim to reduce impacts on the environment.
The NOCMAT Conference series, which is now in its 19th edition, has proven to be one of the main forums where academics and governmental and non-governmental agencies seek to present and discuss innovations in energy-efficient technologies, new materials, building technologies such as those with bamboo, natural fibers, raw earth, different types of waste, seeking economical, durable, energy-efficient, environment-friendly and sustainable engineering. The development of innovative solutions, non-conventional materials and appropriate technologies will also play an important role in eradicating poverty, creating jobs, forming a global partnership for economic progress and social stability.
This 19th edition of NOCMAT will take place in João Pessoa, one of the oldest cities in Brazil, which welcomes everyone with kindness.