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“Whitest paint on record” reflects 98 per cent of sunlight to cool buildings

April 16, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
"Whitest paint on record" developed by researchers from Purdue University led by Xiulin Ruan

Researchers at Purdue University have developed an “ultra-white” paint that reflects 98 per cent of sunlight and deflects infrared heat, allowing buildings to cool below the surrounding air temperature. The paint, which the university describes as the “whitest paint on record”, owes its cooling power to barium sulphate – a pigment derived from the mineral

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Mighty Buildings plans neighbourhood of 3D-printed homes for California

March 31, 2021 Jane Englefield 0
3D-printed homes in Rancho Mirage

Construction technology company Mighty Buildings has announced plans to build 15 homes using prefabricated 3D-printed panels in Rancho Mirage, California. The project is a collaboration between California-based Mighty Buildings and developers Palari Group. Construction will begin at the end of this year with the homes set to be finished by Spring 2022. Once complete, Mighty

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Recyclable opera pavilion to be made from champagne corks and oyster shells

March 30, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A single-storey garden pavilion

BakerBrown Studio has designed a garden pavilion for the Glyndebourne opera house in England that will use the venue’s discarded champagne corks and seafood shells as building materials. The single-storey Glyndebourne Croquet Pavilion will overlook the South Downs from a small plot on a croquet lawn between existing yew hedges in the house’s grounds. Local

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Erez Nevi Pana constructs “small-scale architecture” from Dead Sea salt

February 22, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Building blocks with crystals

Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana used five tons of salt from the Dead Sea to create his Crystalline collection, which showcases how the material can be used as building blocks. The collection consists of four sculptural elements: a ladder, boulder, steps and a walkway, and is on view at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

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Biomimicry could lead to cities that “deliver net benefits” in the fight against climate change

February 8, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Coral reef in sandy and brown colours

Cities could help stop climate change by imitating natural processes that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to architect Michael Pawlyn. Buildings could be constructed from materials containing atmospheric carbon that can be recycled at the end of their lifetime, Pawlyn said. New types of carbon-rich concrete and bioplastics could lock up large amounts

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Honext develops recyclable construction material made of cellulose fibres from waste paper

November 26, 2020 Natashah Hitti 0

Barcelona-based startup Honext has developed a sustainable construction board material made from a combination of enzymes and cellulose taken from the waste streams of paper production. The material is made from what Honext describes as an “untapped resource”: cellulose residue taken from cardboard and paper waste generated at paper mills. This paper has already gone

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Eliza Hague designs inflatable origami-like greenhouses from bamboo and shellac

June 15, 2020 Natashah Hitti 0
Eliza Hague designs inflatable origami-like "greenhouse villages" from bamboo and shellac

Design student Eliza Hague has created a concept for inflatable greenhouses made from shellac-coated bamboo paper to help residents of Jaipur, India, grow their own food. The University of Westminster student has developed a low-cost paper-like material from bamboo pulp as a sustainable and local alternative to the polyethylene plastic sheeting typically used for polytunnels.

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Generate to build carbon-neutral CLT apartment block in Boston

February 14, 2020 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Model-C carbon-neutral apartment block in Boston by Generate

Architecture studio Generate has unveiled plans to build a carbon-neutral apartment block, named Model-C, in Boston using a cross-laminated timber “kit of parts”. The proposed five-storey block will use Generate’s Model-C prototype “kit of parts” system, which is a type of modular prefabrication that allows for disassembly and reuse. It is intended to achieve the Passivhaus standard for

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Switching to timber could solve Dutch housing shortage and be “a chance for our climate”

October 24, 2019 Marcus Fairs 0
Marco Vermeulen Dutch housing timber

The Netherlands could build a million new homes from sustainably harvested local wood and save 100 megatons of carbon in the process, according to architect Marco Vermeulen. The Dutch architect has calculated that the country’s 140,000 hectares of harvestable woodlands could provide enough timber for 22,000 houses each year. This means the country’s entire shortfall

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