TAG: Sustainable buildings

9 Storey Building Made From Plastic Bottles

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In mid 2011 in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, there was an unusual building built. The EcoArk Pavilion was built out of 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles. The nine storey tall structure was built from Polli-bricks. Polli-bricks are a revolutionary building material made from 100% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Polymer. It is translucent, naturally insulated, and durable. The bricks are a 3-D honeycomb of interlocking bottles composed from recycled plastic bottles.  The Polli-brick panel can sustain lateral force up to 1.5 times the worst hurricane recorded without any damage. Polli-brick can be integrated with solar powered LED lights. These embedded solar powered… read more

A Moldy Home Could Be A Good Thing

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Traditionally, it is considered dirty and unwanted to have mold on your home. We create paints and varnishes that repel moisture and seedlings from plants, vines, and other naturally growing “things”. However, researchers at Barcelona Tech (UPC) decided that mold should be a featured piece on homes and buildings. They created a wall that promotes the growth of fungi and lichens. It begins with a structured layer of cement protected by waterproof materials. The biological layer comes next, which allows water to accumulate inside of it for colonisation. Instead of repelling moss and lichens, it helps with the development of… read more

The Downdraft Tower – A Windy Alternative

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We know skyscrapers – and other structures of human occupation – consume a lot of energy over their lifetime, but what if there was a skyscraper that generated energy instead? When completed, the proposed Downdraft Tower will make this possible. The Downdraft Tower is the central project of the Clean Wind Energy company, a public company who focuses on green alternatives to traditional wind sourced energy. Further developing a concept that was created nearly thirty years ago, the tower would utilize proven methods to create a reliable source of wind energy. The tower could operate in most climates, though it is… read more

A House Made Of Earth

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A team at the University of Oklahoma has obtained a grant to put an earthen home to a barrage of tests. The home would be composed of compressed earth blocks constructed from soil, clay, and cement mixtures. Earthen homes are said to be earthquake resistant, energy effective, and less costly than traditional homes. The team has acquired an EPA grant of $14,897 to erect a compressed earth block house and a traditional framed house to National Green Building Standards. They will analyze the energy, cost, and its overall impact on the environment. The materials are expected to be tested for… read more

Sustainable Buildings

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Green Architecture has become the new fad in modern construction. Simply installing eco-friendly outlet plugs and energy filters isn’t enough anymore. Nowadays, expect to see solar panels, wind turbines, natural/recyclable building materials, and more coming to a neighborhood near you. One of the more well-known proponents for a natural architecture revolution is a company called Earthship Biotecture. They offer a wide range of residences, from single individual and large family size, to commercial structure and disaster management projects. Most of their developments are in rural and desert areas, but they hope to expand their reach to more populated communities soon…. read more