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Urban Mining & Recycling

Recycling Urban Mining Urban Mining & Recycling

Urban Mining & Recycling

Urban Mining & Recycling The Urban Mining & Recycling unit demonstrates how a responsible approach to dealing with our natural resources can go hand in hand with appealing architectural form. The project is underpinned by the proposition that all the resources required to construct a building must be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable.  This places life-cycle thinking at the forefront of the building design created by Werner Sobek in collaboration with Dirk E. Hebel and Felix Heisel: Instead of merely using and subsequently disposing of resources, they are borrowed from their technical and biological cycles for a certain amount of...

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Potato peels offer a sustainable alternative to traditional building materials

Potato peels traditional building materials

Potato peels offer a sustainable alternative to traditional building materials

Potato peels offer a sustainable alternative to traditional building materials Many of the typical building materials used in construction — like medium-density fiberboard (MDF) — contain toxic materials and formaldehyde, plus they have a shockingly short lifespan and a negative environmental impact. But now there is a new option to these single-use materials — potato waste. London-based designers Rowan Minkley and Robert Nicoll as well as research scientist Greg Cooper have developed Chip[s] Board, which is a biodegradable alternative to MDF that is made from non-food-grade industrial potato waste. This innovative idea for a new building material is free of...

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The Nano-enabled Construction Materials

nanomaterials The Nano-enabled Construction Materials

The Nano-enabled Construction Materials

The Nano-enabled Construction Materials The various nanomaterials and nanocomposites are being considered for various uses in the construction and related infrastructure industries. At the nanoscale, these materials can behave differently than their counterparts at the conventional scale, which create exciting new prospects in the variety of construction applications. Particularly in the construction sector, nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, and nanofibers offer the potential for developing much stronger, tougher and more durable structural materials, as well as new functional materials and systems. The ordinary concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, gravel, water, and admixtures. The addition of nano-silica (SiO2) to cementitious materials...

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Mayor lobbies for wood use in new Mills construction

Mayor Lobbies Mills construction wood

Mayor lobbies for wood use in new Mills construction

Mayor lobbies for wood use in new Mills construction As much wood as possible should be used in the construction of the new Mills Memorial Hospital, says Terrace mayor Carol Leclerc. A member of the consultation committee set up to monitor construction and other plans connected to the project, Leclerc said wood in the public areas of the hospital, for instance, would create a warm and inviting atmosphere. “I think we’d want to use as much wood as possible,” said Leclerc in also noting the role the natural resource has played in the economic foundation and development of the region....

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Is BAMB the future of sustainable building?

BAMB sustainable building

Is BAMB the future of sustainable building?

Is BAMB the future of sustainable building? As the name implies, BAMB reimagines a building as a dynamic repository of value, where tradable material assets can be deposited, data tracked, transferred and withdrawn. In BAMB, whether an industry goes circular depends on value as worthless materials are waste, More value, means less waste. Moderating material flows, buildings can help slow the resource burn rate to meet the capacity of the planet. Three major changes supporting the BAMB vision for sustainable building Three major changes support the BAMB vision for circular transition: change in design culture away from linear thinking; change in value...

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