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Cork. Scientists develop transparent wood that is stronger and lighter than glass. Researchers at the University of Maryland have turned ordinary sheets of wood into transparent material that is nearly as clear as glass, but stronger and with better insulating properties.

Scientists develop transparent wood that is stronger and lighter than glass

It could become an energy efficient building material in the future. Koljern Nordic AB. AirCrete. Buildings should be made out of hemp and wool to cut carbon emissions, National Farmers' Union says. Hemp is the New Oak: America’s First Hemp “Wood” Factory is Being Built. “HempWood” is 20 percent harder than oak, and grows 100 times as fast.

Hemp is the New Oak: America’s First Hemp “Wood” Factory is Being Built

It’s a sustainable alternative for hardwood furniture, flooring and more. Now that it’s legal to grow hemp in the United States, a man who’s spent the last decade developing hemp “hardwood” is building a $6 million factory to manufacture the product en masse. Express domowy odc. 213 - Domo+

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Hempcrete. Ecoquille : retour d’expérience sur l’auto-construction d’une grande écoquille passive [Interview] Une visite d'une écoquille réalisée en auto-construction est organisée en avril en Bretagne dans les Côtes-d'Armor (secteur Dinan, 22 & Ille-et-Vilaine, 35) Alain est un éco-constructeur de la 1ère heure.

Ecoquille : retour d’expérience sur l’auto-construction d’une grande écoquille passive [Interview]

Il avait créé il y a 25 ans un éco-lieu dans le Jura. Le concept d'éco-hameau et ses principes basés sur une certaine éthique lui conviennent bien. C’est dans un nouvel éco-quartier de Charente-Maritime (17) qu’il y a réalisé en auto-construction une maison passive qui est en phase d’achèvement. What is AirCrete?

DIY dome homes built from AirCrete are an affordable & ecofriendly option. First there was foamcrete, then there was papercrete and hempcrete, and now we've got AirCrete, a foamy mixture of air bubbles and cement that is cheap to make, waterproof, fireproof, and DIY-friendly.

DIY dome homes built from AirCrete are an affordable & ecofriendly option

At one point, I fell under the spell of domes as a building form, and as I had plans to someday build my own home on some vacant land, I spent quite a bit of time and energy exploring the idea. Geodesic domes sure did look cool, but dang, there are a lot of angles and joints on a geodesic dome house that would not only have to be cut and assembled, but that would also be a potential weak point for water leaks for the entire life of the home, and almost all of the materials would have to come from off-site, so that design was out for me.


Straw House. Making Wood Last with Fire, Not Paint: A Japanese Technique. Posted Categories: DIY Shou Sugi Ban 焼杉板 (or Yakisugi) is an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire.

Making Wood Last with Fire, Not Paint: A Japanese Technique

Traditionally, Sugi wood (cryptomeria japonica L.f., also called Japanese cedar) was used. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil. Природный душ - Ландшафтный дизайн в г Челябинск — студия GreenDay. Kirei Board: A Radical Material with a Big Impact : TreeHugger. Kirei (pronounced "key'-ray") is a company which produces modern, innovative, eco-friendly materials.

Kirei Board: A Radical Material with a Big Impact : TreeHugger

The word represents the Japanese character meaning "beautiful" or "clean. " Although this material has been covered on TreeHugger before, it's environmental benefits have never been truly explored. It really is a remarkable material. Kirei Board was the companies first product, developed for architects and interior designers as a low-impact, nontoxic material. Reed Wall - modern ecological system of partition walls. The Hiss Reet Wall represents our modern ecological system of partition walls.

Reed Wall - modern ecological system of partition walls.

It is mainly used as non-supporting wall for interior works and attic conversion. In the course of restoration the Hiss Reet Wall is also applicable as wall insulation. The Hiss Reet Wall can be applied on your balkony, terrace or in your garden serving as partition wall, view protection or windbreak. Futhermore, the Hiss Reet Wall finds applications in the construction of exhibition stands where it is used as mobile partition wall. Reed is a natural building material that has been known for centuries.

Oryzatech. Oryzatech’s STAK BLOCK is a simple building solution for a sophisticated housing problem.


The company has created a hybrid composite building block from the largest bio-waste crop in the world, rice straw. Through a scalable, low energy-production process, the company can make and sell an almost unlimited supply of highly insulating, carbon-sequestering construction blocks. Context: Common structural materials like wood, steel and concrete require huge amounts of energy to manufacture and distribute, while all the common insulating materials are themselves oil based products. Taller BioConstruccion en tierra cruda, Eco Truly Arica.


3D Printers. Insulation. New Materials. Floating structures naturally cool urban spaces. Buildings in warmer urban centers require costly and energy-consuming air conditioning to keep them cool — we recently saw an office tower designed to use natural air currents to regulate temperatures sustainably.

Floating structures naturally cool urban spaces

Taking also from biomimicry, Spanish architect Nina Gonzalez Vives wants to use the evaporation hot buildings produce to keep them cool without relying on air conditioning. The Clouds Observatory has been installed at a test roof-space in Madrid. Constructed of ‘floating’ plastic structures, it sees low hanging cloud-like urban rooftops — the aim is to create a cooling system that can be easily fitted as an alternative to reflective surfaces or urban garden systems, encouraging appreciation of city landscapes. As well as providing shade from the sun, the Clouds Observatory will capture the dense water vapor that rises up from the hot buildings beneath them, and the evaporation from the collected water will cool areas beyond its structure. Tomoku Hus AB - Information om Tomoku Hus väggblock. Snabbt under tak.

Tomoku Hus AB - Information om Tomoku Hus väggblock

Turn Oil Tankers or Grain Trucks to SHTF Homes. Tamped Earth Floors. Possibly the Most Experimental Young Architects Program Building Material, Ever. A rendering of an aerial view of the The Living's Hy-Fi, the winning design of the 2014 Young Architects Program Credit: Courtesy The Living The architecture webosphere is abuzz about David Benjamin, co-founder of New York-based The Living, and his winning proposal for MoMA's 2014 PS1 Young Architects Program. Strohballenbau und Baubiologie. Strohballenbau und Baubiologie. Minnesotan Man Builds World's First 3D-Printed Concrete Fairytale Castle in His Own Backyard. Minnesotan Andrey Rudenko has taken DIY backyard projects to the next level by 3D-printing the world's first concrete castle right in his own backyard! Drawn to 3D printing's seemingly limitless applications, Rudenko began developing a 3D printer two years ago in hopes of constructing inhabitable homes durable enough to stand up to extreme weather conditions.

According to 3ders, this 161.5-square-foot castle is one of the largest objects ever created with 3D printing technology. Rudenko’s grand 3D-printed castle and his self-built 3D printer was a labor of love. This Inspiring, Multicolored Community Center in Colombia is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles. This colorful project located in the Cazucá neighborhood in Colombia’s capital of Bogota is an eco-friendly community center made from over 40,000 recycled PET plastic bottles. Helmed by the Nukanti Foundation, which focuses on developing cross-cultural communication, community building, and social entrepreneurship, the project provides a space for numerous activities that facilitate empowerment of vulnerable groups like women, children and youths affected by extreme poverty, conflict and violence. The Cazucá community is currently home to around 70,000 people and is marked by extreme poverty and poor access to public services.

In order to address these issues, the Nukanti Foundation teamed up with Green Hope Colombia and the Starkey Hearing Foundation and built a community center that not only functions as a safe space for kids, troubled youths, and women, but also educates the community about sustainable building techniques. Related: Africa’s First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria. Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense. Here at Build Abroad, we have found that it is best to build with local materials. Local materials can vary from mud bricks to bamboo depending on the region, but the one thing they have in common is they are easily accessible and cheap.

We are very intrigued by a recent method of constructing with recycled bottles, because in some countries these non biodegradable bottles litter the streets. In some ways you could call it a “local material.” A bottle structure has numerous benefits: Rids the community of harmful plastic waste; Educates the community about the environment; Offers insulation qualities if necessary by filling bottles with wrappers; It’s free — a found plastic bottle is a free brick. From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more. From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more. From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more. Architecture Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Dawn Killough Thanks to Gizmodo Australia for this look into seven building materials of the future. The gap between material science and actual construction is very far and very wide.

From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more. Architecture Published on October 9th, 2014 | by Stephen Hanley Hanoi architecture firm 1+1>2, in collaboration with Action For The City, has designed an eco-friendly greenhouse that protects growing plants from the elements, provides a place for farmers to rest and a offers a creative play space for children to learn more about their environment. It also offers a break from the visual sameness of traditional rice patties. The plastic bottles were donated by students and the local community. The Junk House – Upcycling Local Trash » IzReaL.

3D Printer Builds Homes From Mud In Impoverished Areas. Nearly one billion people around the globe are homeless or live in substandard housing. In the era of 3D printing, some have addressed this crisis through quickly built concrete buildings. Building With Non-Recyclable Cardboard Bales. Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil's Stadiums Into Affordable Housing. Recommissioned Silos - Life In A Roundhouse.

Round houses have been a successful design option for thousands of years. Bulletproof & Fireproof House Made From Used Plastic Bottles. This 2 bedroom house built from recycled plastic bottles is bulletproof and fireproof and can withstand earthquakes. WikiHouse. Natural Building Techniques Around the World. Pallet House Build. In the summer of 2011, volunteers from all over the country came together to build a house of pallets for a family on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Straw Bale, Cob, Earth Bag. Natural Building Blog. ( Dom to coś więcej niż ściany i dach.

Hempcrete: The Green Movement returns to its Roots. America Could End Homelessness in One Year by Doing This. Why Use Lime Instead Of Cement. I Didn't Know That - Concrete Tent. New giant 3D printer can build a house in 24 hours. Tyre tiles roof system. This Seaweed-Covered House Is the World's Coziest Sushi Roll. Strawbale Innovation in the UK. Modern Seaweed House Inspired by Traditional Techniques.

Tunes in Tiles: Recycling Records & CDs into Roof Shingles. See-Through, Light-Transmitting … Concrete?! DIY Mud-Brick Machine Builds Life-Sized, LEGO-Style Blocks. Fast Fungi Bricks: Mushroom Blocks Better than Concrete?! Mushroom House: The Tiny Home Stuffed With Mushrooms. Eco-Friendly Home Uses Only Straw for Heating and Cooling. Forget Shipping Containers Use Box Culverts - SHTF & Prepping Central. Groundbreaking waterless toilet could help millions who lack access to plumbing.