Call for papers: 18th Int’l Conference on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies: Construction for Sustainability (Nairobi)

Abstract submission extended: January 5, 2019
You are cordially invited to present a paper and/or participate in the IC-NOCMAT 2019, which will be held at the University of Nairobi Towers in Nairobi, Kenya July 24th to 26th, 2019. Please see below for details.
Contributors are requested to submit concise (max. one-page – also see formatting instructions here) abstracts in English through the link available here – or via email to:
Key Dates

  • Submission of abstracts: 31st October 2018
  • Acceptance of abstracts: 21st December 2018
  • Submission of papers: 15th February 2019
  • Acceptance of papers (including revisions): 31st March 2019

Updates will be posted on the Conference web site:
All communication should be directed to


18th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies Construction for Sustainability; Green Composite Materials and Technologies

24th –26th of JULY 2019

Venue: University of Nairobi Towers

Nairobi, Kenya

Organized by: Penn State University, USA
International Committee on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies (IC-NOCMAT)
University of Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya Jomo Kenyatta Unviersity of Agriculture and Technology , Juja, Kenya Kenyatta Unviersity, Nairobi, Kenya

We live in a complex, troubled, difficult — and a rapidly changing — world. All the present indications are that the 21st century will be the most challenging, in almost all aspects of human life on this planet, and to humanity as a whole. A most pressing and urgent need facing all the peoples of the world is the regeneration and rehabilitation of our infrastructure such as affordable housing, water, energy, transport and sanitation systems. A durable, efficient and effective infrastructure system is fundamental to economic prosperity, social justice, political stability and Quality of Life. Civil Engineering Infrastructure is the most costly to create, develop and maintain. The NOCMAT Conferences have shown that we can develop low energy cement  technologies, new material systems, and innovative material/structural technologies such as bamboo, palms and different local vegetable fibers, leading to a wide range of cost-effective, durable, environment-friendly, energy efficient and sustainable construction materials that will save energy resources and reduce environmental pollution. The strategy of Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT) in construction will also go a long way in aiming at eradication of poverty and hunger, ensuring environmental sustainability and the development of global partnership for economic progress and social stability. Non-conventional materials and technologies encapsulate innovation and sustainable use of novel technologies and new uses of established materials. Many non- conventional materials in the 21st century have their roots in traditional vernacular construction, including Kah-gel which is earth (unfired clay), lime and different natural plants based materials, such as bamboo, straw, palm trees and reeds. For traditional materials and techniques to meet modern demands of construction, cost and performance are required further development and innovative solutions. Materials of the industrial age, including steel and concrete, must also deliver more sustainable solutions. Innovations include cleaner manufacturing processes, lower carbon materials, greater reuse of components on end-use, greater recycling of materials, reduced waste and more production of components using local labour force and materials.

The 18th IC-NOCMAT Nairobi-Kenya Africa follows previous events in the 17th IC-NOCMAT Merida-Mexico, 16th IC-NOCMAT Winnipeg-Canada (2015), Sao Paulo-Brazil(2014), Paraiba-Brazil (2013),Hunan-China (2011), Cairo-Egypt (2010), Bath-
England (2009), Hanoi-Vietnam (2002), Bhubaneswar-India (1997) and the first one was held in Rio de Janeiro (1984). The IC-NOCMAT conferences have also been held in Brazil (João Pessoa (2003); Pirassununga (2004); Rio de Janeiro (2005); Salvador (2006); and Maceió Alagoas (2007)) and most recently the second NOCMAT conference in Colombia (2008).

The 18th IC-NOCMAT 2019 will provide an international forum for information dissemination and exchange, discussions and debates on research and practice in a range of sustainable and innovative construction materials and technologies. The conference is expected to attract a wide range of academics, scientists, researchers, students, builders, designers, NGO field-workers, specifies and other industrialists from a wide variety of backgrounds, including fields of architecture, engineering, materials, sustainable and ecological technologies, biomaterials, materials sciences, and environmental engineering. The conference should also be of interest to specialists in geography, economists and administrators of natural resources.

The conference themes can include papers and presentations on fundamental science and applied research, case study reports and dissemination of innovations in the themes of:

Construction materials and technologies for climate change;
Construction materials and technologies to deliver affordable housing;
Innovations in development of low carbon materials and technologies;
Low cost housing concepts, prototypes and applications;
Standards and guidelines;
Life-cycle assessment of materials;
Environmentally friendly, energy efficient construction;
Seismic strengthening, flood mitigation and disaster prevention;
Advances in research methodologies and materials testing;
Infrastructure systems and materials;
Durability and performance of construction materials;
Applications in improving building health through materials and constructional development;
Recycling of industrial, agricultural and urban waste stream materials.

The conference theme covers all construction materials, with the overall objective of reducing environmental impact (climate change impact) and providing safe affordable construction. Specific conference themes will include: lower carbon cements and concretes; advanced fibre composites in construction; innovative use of metals; natural fibres and plant based materials (bamboo, straw, hemp); timber materials and engineering; masonry construction; insulation materials; sealant and bituminous materials; glass; plastics; polymeric materials; lime based materials; stone, unfired clay and earthen architecture.

Submission Instructions
You are cordially invited to present a paper and/ or participate in this event. Contributors are requested to submit concise (max. one-page – also see formatting instructions here) abstracts in English. Please submit your abstract either through this

link –; or via email to IC-

Key Dates
Submission of abstracts: 31st October 2018
Acceptance of abstracts: 21st December 2018
Submission of papers: 15th February 2019
Acceptance of papers (including revisions): 31st March 2019

Updates will be posted on the Conference web site:

Contact Information
For further information contact: Conference Chairs/Co-Chairs Dr Esther Obonyo,

IC-NOCMAT 2019 Conference Chair Associate Professor, Engineering Design & Architectural Engineering Director, Global Programs Strategic Initiatives
The Pennsylvania State University
213T Hammond Building • University Park, PA 16802
T: +1 814-863-1530 •
Prof. Khosrow Ghavami,,
IC-Chairman: Prof Khosrow Ghavami
ABMTENC-Rio, Brasil.
T: + (55-21)3527 1188 until 3527 1194Ext.121
F: + (55-21)35271195
Dr Martin Thuo,
Assistant Professor, Material Science and Engineering.
Iowa State University
2220 Hoover, 528 Bissell Rd, Ames, IA 500111096
T: 515-294-8581
Local Organizing Committee Chair/ Co-Chairs
Prof Patts Odira,, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of
Nairobi, University of Nairobi, P. O. Box 30197 – 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
T: 254 (020) 3318262

Dr Titus Kivaa Peter,, Senior Lecturer of Construction
Management & Quantity Surveying, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture &
Technology, P.O BOX 62000 – 00200, NAIROBI, Kenya.
T: +254 705 072906/ +254 735 077335
Q.S. James Okaka, Lecturer, Quantity Surveying, JKUAT, P.O BOX 62000 002000
T: 254 (020) 8008485
Eng. Moses Opiyo,, Lecturer, School of Engineering &
Technology, Kenyatta University, P.O. Box 43844-00100
T: 254 (020)-2310718 / 0208703658

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