Three of the latest developments in the global construction industry are highlighted. In Andhra Pradesh, India, the Fly Ash Building Material Manufacturers Association is actively engaged in promoting the mass utilisation of fly ash generated by the Rayalseema Thermal Power Plant of the Andhra Pradesh Generation Corp. (APGenco). The waste material can be used in the production of clay bricks and roofing tiles. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the USA, researchers have developed a "smart brick" which can monitor a building's health and status. This innovation could change the face of the construction industry. The brick, which contains electronic sensors, could monitor a building's temperature, vibration and movement and would be of particular value in skyscrapers. It is reported that French-based Lafarge SA, the world's largest manufacturer of cement, is targeting material suppliers across Asia and the USA as well as other emerging markets in order to make further acquisitions. Details of the company's expenditure on acquisitions and potential targets are presented.