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Drive to reduce embodied carbon in buildings makes biomaterials market a “really exciting space”

July 16, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Jan Wurm

Concerns over carbon emissions caused by the construction process are fuelling a surge of interest in biobased materials according to Arup research and innovation leader Jan Wurm. Demand for biomaterials such as mycelium, hemp, algae, bamboo and cork is growing, Wurm said, as architects search for materials that store atmospheric carbon rather than emitting it.

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Watch our talk about building sustainably with brick

July 16, 2021 Siufan Adey 0

Dezeen has teamed up with British masonry specialist Marshalls to live stream an interview with the company’s sustainability director Chris Harrop. Watch here from 2:00pm London time. Established in 1890, Marshalls provides stone and concrete products for construction and home improvement. The company, which was named by the Financial Times as one of this year’s

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Use of hemp in architecture and design held back by “ridiculous” UK rules says farmer who built a house from cannabis

July 2, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Flat House kitchen

A film producer who established a hemp farm to “pull carbon out of the atmosphere” has attacked UK laws that are holding back production of the biomaterial. Architects are “desperate” to specify products made from the cannabis variety in their projects, said Steve Barron, who has converted a Cambridgeshire estate into an organic hemp farm

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Hemp “more effective than trees” at sequestering carbon says Cambridge researcher

June 30, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Industrial hemp plantation

Hemp can capture atmospheric carbon twice as effectively as forests while providing carbon-negative biomaterials for architects and designers, according to Cambridge University researcher Darshil Shah. “Numerous studies estimate that hemp is one of the best CO2-to-biomass converters,” said Shah, who is senior researcher at the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at Cambridge. “It’s even more

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“We’re taking CO2 out of the system” says carbon-capturing concrete maker Carbicrete

June 15, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Concrete masonry unit by Carbicrete

Montreal company Carbicrete has developed a method for sequestering carbon in concrete, claiming its product captures more carbon than it emits. The technology cuts out the need for calcium-based cement, a key ingredient in traditional concrete that is responsible for around eight per cent of all global CO2 emissions. “It’s negative emissions,” Carbicrete CEO Chris

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French architects face wood shortage with “prices going up every week”

June 7, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Timber tower by Lina Ghotmeh

A timber shortage in France has forced prices up as architects struggle to comply with a new environmental law that requires public buildings to be 50 per cent wood. French architects are reporting price rises of up to 50 per cent since the start of the year. “The prices are going up every week,” said

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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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