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 17th IC-NOCMAT Mérida/Yucatán-México follows previous events in Winnipeg/Canada (2015), São Paulo/Brazil (2014), João Pessoa/Paraíba-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/Brazil (1984). The IC-NOCMAT conferences have also been held in Brazil: João Pessoa (2003), Pirassununga (2004), Rio de Janeiro (2005), Salvador (2006) and Maceió (2007) and Cali/Colombia (2008).


The 17th IC-NOCMAT 2017 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, economy, management and accounting of natural resources.  





  • International Committee on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies (IC-NOCMAT)

  • Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, A.C./México

  • Associação Brasileira de Ciências dos Materiais e Tecnologias Não-Convencionais (ABMTENC - Rio de Janeiro/Brazil)

  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio/Brazil

International Technical and Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Khosrow Ghavami (Brazil)

  • Prof. Pedro Jesús Herrera Franco (Mexico)

  • Prof. Narayan Swamy (UK)

  • Dr Kevan Heathcote (Australia)

  • Assoc. Prof. Jason Ingham (New Zealand)

  • Prof. Kohei Komatsu (Japan)

  • Prof. J. Z. Xiao (China)

  • Prof. Jean-Claude Morel (France)

  • Prof. M. Gohnert (South Africa)

  • Prof. G. Minke (Germany)

  • Prof. Peter Walker (UK)

  • Prof. Holmer Savastano Jr. (Brazil)

  • Prof. Wolé Soboyejo (USA)

  • Prof. B.V. Venkatarama Reddy (India)

  • Dr. José Maria Monzo Balbuena (Spain)

  • Dr. Jorge Juan Paya Bernabeu (Spain)

  • Dr. Ernesto Villar (Cuba)

  • Prof. Romildo Dias Toledo Filho (Brazil)

  • Prof. Pierre Ohayon (Brazil)

  • Prof. Piet Stroeven (Netherland)

  • Dr. Bruce King (USA)

  • Prof. Normando Perazzo Barbosa (Brazil)

  • Prof. Marcial Blondet (Peru)

  • Prof. Mohamad Zaman Kabir (Iran)

  • Dr. Conrado de Sousa Rodrigues (Brazil)

  • Dr. Kambiz Pourtahmasi (Iran)

  • Dr. Kent Harries (USA)

  • Prof. Michel Gohnert (South Africa)

  • Prof. Lawrence C. Bank (USA) Prof. Said Kenai (Algeria)

  • Assoc. Prof. Luis Eustáquio Moreira (Brazil)

  • Prof. Fabio Matta (USA)

  • Prof. Alejandro Manzano Ramirez (Mexico)

  • Prof. José Jaime Garcia (Colombia)

  • Kris J. Dick (Canada), Oliver Frith (PRC)

  • Prof. G. Monti (Italy), Prof. Yan Xiao (USA/China)

  • Prof. Audronis Kazimieras Kvedaras (Lithuania)

  • Prof. Peter Walker (University of Bath, England)

Local Organizing Committee


  • 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


  • Submission of abstracts: July 15th, 2017

  • Acceptance of abstracts: July 30th, 2017

  • Submission of papers: August 30st, 2017

  • Acceptance of papers (including revisions): September 20th, 2017


Some selected papers will be published in the journal of Computational Research Progress in Applied Science & Engineering: An international Journal (CRPASE), ISSN: 2423-4591.

Click here to Register for NOCMAT 2017


Payment dates
Before September 29, 2017 After September 29, 2017
Developing country
Author U$D 459.00 U$D 510.00
Author ABMTENC member U$D 383.00 U$D 425.00
Student author U$D 77.00 U$D 85.00
Industrialized country
Author U$D 612.00 U$D 680.00
Autor ABMTENC member U$D 459.00 U$D 510.00
Student author U$D 153.00 U$D 170.00
Participant U$D 612.00 U$D 680.00
Participant ABMTENC Member U$D 459.00 U$D 510.00
Partipant (Student): U$D 230.00 U$D 255.00

Paper Submission


THE VENUE OF THE NOCMAT 2017 CONGRESS WILL BE “Hotel GAMMA Mérida Centro Histórico ".

“Hotel GAMMA Mérida Historical Downtown” is located in the heart of the city of Merida and 20 minutes from the International Airport. Conveniently located on the downtown area , the hotel is surrounded by colonial streets and buildings, museums and places of interest, and from here you can enjoy the beautiful historic center of the city.

Discounted conference room rates are available for attendees of NOCMAT 2017. The NOCMAT 2017 special rate Code is: G17SI6@GME. Please be sure to book using the dedicated Hotel Reservations Portal (RESERVATIONS:, also for reservations via phone (Call Center 24 hrs: 01 800 504 5000 and (999) 930 0118). For additional help if needed, please, send a message to Idania Nevarez Perea (email: ). Please be aware that the hotel typically fills up early. The special rates will be valid for Chek In on November 23rd 2017 through a Check Out on November 29th 2017.


Arriving to Merida´s International Airport

Merida's International Airport, Manual Crescencio Rejon, located approximately 7.0 km south of the city along Hwy 261, offers services to both, private and commercial flights to daily flights to and from México City´s International Airport Airport, Houston, Miami, Belize City, Havana and a few other cities in Mexico. The following airlines fly to Merida: Aeromexico, Interjet, United, Viva Aerobus, Volaris

For more information about flight and quotes, click here.

To get to your destination locally from the Airport (by ground transportation) there are several options:

You can take an authorized taxi cab or van, at the Airport for M$200-250. Buy the ticket in one of the booths at the main exit of the airport. Also, the ADO transportation company operates regular buses to the main CAME bus station (Calle 70 entre 69 y 71, #555) or up to the Hotel Fiesta Americana (Calle 60 por Avenida Colón) regularly. From the terminal building, the bus stop is on the island by the second access in front of the Arrivals doors (Llegadas) on the North end of the airport´s building.

Arriving to Cancun´s International Airport

Several flights from charter airlines and regularly scheduled airlines arrive to Cancun´s International Airport (CUN) from Europe, North America, Central America, South America, Cuba, Russia, and other cities within Mexico. It may be more economical to fly to Cancun and then drive or take a bus to get to Merida. There is a limited number of direct shuttle rides to Merida from the Cancun airport with ADO, however, there are more frequent bus rides to the downtown Cancun bus station from the airport (every 30 min – 1 hr) and transfer to another bus to Merida (4 hours ride).

There are frequent bus rides between the Cancun Bus Terminal and the Merida CAME or Fiesta Americana bus terminals and both destinations are about the same distance from Merida Centro; CAME is in a somewhat industrial area while Fiesta Americana Bus Terminal is right in one of the nicest sightseeing areas of Merida.

ADO offers several comfort alternatives to ride from downtown Cancun to Merida: ADO, ADO GL, or ADO Platino. ADO Platino is the highest-class service and you may choose a single seat for yourself on the left side of the bus. TV's on the back of every seat allow you to enjoy from a wide assortment of movies and TV shows. These tickets will cost around $578 Pesos (US$30.39). ADO GL is a step down in comfort but offers some more legroom than the regular ADO buses and will cost $440 Pesos (US$23) and finally the regular ADO buses are $374 Pesos (US$19.66). If coming from Cancun, you can either choose to go to Merida's main terminal (CAME) or to the "Hotel Fiesta Americana". From either places, you can reach the NOCMAT 2017 venue by short taxi ride.

If you decide to rent a car at the Cancun Airport, you should be aware that there is a toll highway (Hwy 180D) between Cancun and Merida that is in excellent condition. There is a non-toll road (Hwy 180) that parallels the highway that goes through several villages, however, this road is slower and bumpier. The second class buses go along this route.


The Sate of Yucatan, home of the ancient Mayan Culture offers amazing arqueological sites such as Chichen Itza, the monumental Uxmal and the mystic Ek Balam. You can also enjoy beautiful colonial cities like Izamal, located just 45 minutes from Merida.

Merida was designated as “American Capital of Culture” of the continent and it was the first city in obtaining a Letter of Cultural Rights which warrants the Culture for everyone offering yearly more than 12,000 cultural events this year. This means that those who live and visit Merida will have access to every form of culture, from entertainment to academic and experimental events. Free high quality shows are taking place in each museum, park, gallery and theater. (

Izamal is one of Yucatan’s two magical towns (the other is Valladolid). Izamal is a jewel of a colonial city, cobblestone streets and colonial lampposts complete the scenery. Clean, peaceful and quaint, this is a great town to stroll through. There are Maya pyramids, colonial-style buildings, parks and plazas, horses and buggies, and lots of people-watching. Throughout the whole State you can also admire the tropical forest the mysterious “cenotes” – submarine caverns that resulted from the Earth´s collision with a meteorite 65 million year ago and it is well known as the Chicxulub crater. Its “haciendas” are proud witness from the colonial past that witnessed the “henequen golden era” in the XIX century until 1940 when synthetic fibers were invented. In the last decade of the XX century, the “haciendas” started to regain an important boom, now as places of perfect harmony for resting and comfort.

The cultural heritage – Maya and Spanish – is reflected in the most creative way in the handicrafts. Yucatán offers many handcrafts by local “artesanos” as well as imports from Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guatemala and other locations. Here you can find the finest hammocks in the world, detailed carvings of ancient Maya sculptures, works of silver and pewter, and many other unique treasures.


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