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Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2040-4689
  • E-ISSN: 2040-4697



Using modern stress measuring equipment, a quantitative study of the conditions for stability and durability of handmade interior wall tiles made from fused recycled bottle glass has been undertaken alongside developing aesthetic features such as colour and texture. The tiles were commissioned by an architectural practice for a new building development based on sustainable principles. The research considered objective design criteria, including bending strength, stability, stain and scratch resistance, as well as aesthetic features such as colouring, translucency, texture and reproducibility. Mechanical analysis showed the fused recycled bottle glass tiles exceeded the performance of commercially available tiles. Quantitative analysis of user perception was also a key aspect of the design process and to assess product acceptability a questionnaire was undertaken with 180 people from various backgrounds. The survey assessed the perceived aesthetic, value and mechanical integrity of two recycled glass tile designs alongside three commercially available competitors. Results showed that the recycled fused tiles compared very favourably against the high-end commercially available tile, whilst portraying unique environmental values that exploit locally sourced waste material.


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