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Mycologist Develops Fungi Bricks That Grow Stronger Than Concrete - TruthTheory. Mycelia + Sawdust = House? Take a guess.

Mycelia + Sawdust = House?

What is the featured picture for this article? If you’re channeling your inner Google image recognition, you might say: “Best guess for this image: rock.” But, like Google, you’d be wrong. Ecovative. Innovative Window System by Vitrocsa. Floor to ceiling windows are every designer’s dream and everyone living in a flat would enjoy such an abundance of light.

Innovative Window System by Vitrocsa

Vitrocsa created an amazing and innovative system of floor to ceiling windows that can be installed in homes in order to create a panoramic view. Aerogel. High-quality particulate silica aerogel enables best-in-class solutions for energy-efficient buildings and industrial infrastructure, safe-to-touch surfaces, personal care products and more.


Aerogel, known as the “world’s best insulating solid material,” is used to enhance the thermal performance of energy-saving materials and sustainable products for buildings, on- and off-shore industrial infrastructure and consumer products, as well as acting as a high performance additive to coatings and personal care offerings. Our product line enables a wide range of product forms and applications, including: We are the global leader in producing high quality particulate silica aerogel. Product Scorecard - Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Renewal date 19 June 2017 Manufacturer Description.

Product Scorecard - Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Reclaimed Bark Siding & High-End Wall Paneling. Metabolic Materials as a Measure of Architectural Quality. By Rachel Armstrong Between the 1830’s to 1840’s, the modern public health movement was started in Britain when Edwin Chadwick, advocate for the Poor Law, brought his vision of public health through sanitarianism into being through public works.

Metabolic Materials as a Measure of Architectural Quality

This ultimately resulted in the construction of modern day water and sewage systems that set standards of urban infrastructure throughout the developed world. Today we are facing a similar urban crisis of environment due to the consequences of living in industrial pollution for the last 150 years. This crisis, like the situation in the 1830’s, is directly related to our development and predilection for cities, which is only set to increase. Since the industrial revolution we have established a new relationship with technology that has prioritized the industrial landscape over the natural environment, leading to a toxic relationship between human activity and the land. Creating 'Living' Buildings. The University of Greenwich's School of Architecture & Construction is poised to use ethical synthetic biology to create 'living' materials that could be used to clad buildings and help combat the effects of climate change.

Creating 'Living' Buildings

Researchers from the University of Greenwich are collaborating with others at the University of Southern Denmark, University of Glasgow and University College London (UCL) to develop materials that could eventually produce water in desert environments or harvest sunlight to produce biofuels. In collaboration with an architectural practice and a building materials' manufacturer, the idea is to use protocells -- bubbles of oil in an aqueous fluid sensitive to light or different chemicals -- to fix carbon from the atmosphere or to create a coral-like skin, which could protect buildings. All-black house in Poland is clad in sustainably harvested durable ThermoWood. Here at Inhabitat, we're all about new advancements when it comes to design.

All-black house in Poland is clad in sustainably harvested durable ThermoWood

That's why we are so excited about an interesting technology coming from Scandinavia called ThermoWood, a sustainably harvested, extremely durable type of timber manufactured in Finland. Design studio też architekci chose ThermoWood as cladding material for their new residential project in Poland, prompting Treehugger's Lloyd Alter to take a closer look at the product, which combines benefits of both hardwoods and softwoods and offers an interesting alternative to the often hazardous chemically treated wood. We’ve seen some great new developments in the field of sustainable cladding materials, like low maintenance softwood by Norwegian manufacturer Kebony and clever reclaimed Wabi Sabi. That’s great, because pressure treated wood often features hazardous chemicals that increase its durability but can be toxic when loose wood dust particles or fine toxic residues are generated.

Related: How sustainable is wood? Design/Build Homes with Hemp. Bamboo Composites. Bamboo Composites Steel is heavy, environmentally unfriendly and corrodes.

Bamboo Composites

Actually 70% of today's structural damage is due to corrosion of steel within reinforced concrete buildings. Steel is also not widely available in many developing countries. Enter the super-fast-growing grass - bamboo - renewable, carbon sequestering, lightweight, corrosion-free, stress-resistant and less expensive than steel. Bamboo grows with abandon throughout tropical and temperate zones. Concrete reinforced with bamboo composite rods. Dirk Hebel of Advanced Fibre Composite Laboratory at FCL in Singapore and Assistent Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich believes bamboo could replace steel in the not too distant future. The team is currently also testing the strength of concrete with bamboo composite mixed directly into the concrete.

Resources: Growing bricks - Ginger Krieg Dosier. Mushroom Bricks Stronger than Concrete. Mycologist Philip Ross is seriously into mushrooms, but not as a food -- instead, he uses fungi as a building material.

Mushroom Bricks Stronger than Concrete

Beneath the surface of the ground, fungi form a wide network of thin, rootlike fibers called mycelium. That part of the fungus isn't particularly tasty, but Ross discovered that when dried, it can be used to form a super-strong, water-, mold- and fire-resistant building material. The dried mycelium can be grown and formed into just about any shape, and it has a remarkable consistency that makes it stronger, pound for pound, than concrete. The 100% organic and compostable material has even piqued the interest of NYC's MoMa PS1, where the award-winning Hy-Fi Mushroom Tower pavilion is currently being built.

We first discovered Ross’ unique mycelium material at The Workshop Residence in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood during the 2012 AIA SF‘s month-long Architecture and the City festival. BioMason. Måla miljösmart och hälsosamt. Vad är färg?

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