These 3D-printed Bricks Could Replace Your Air Con

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These 3D printed bricks don’t look anything like an air conditioner, but that is what they are. Provided, of course, that they are wet and nature is allowed to do its thing. The idea of ‘evaporative cooling’ goes back centuries. Now it’s seeing […]

Embodied Energy of Material Becoming More Important

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According to the recent report by Edge Environment  ‘Energy-efficient dwellings – Can embodied energy spoil the story?’  as buildings become more energy efficient, the energy it takes to make buildings becomes increasingly more important. More attention should be paid to […]

Think Bricks and Think Green

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Whilst most conversations around going ‘green’ in the building trade refer to electricity usage, water saving and the design of a building, the role of the manufacturer in producing their products and what they are doing to minimize the use […]

Transparent Bricks Made From Fiber Optic

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This translucent material is created by combining concrete and thousands of optical fiber strands that act like aggregate. The optical fibers form a matrix between the two main surfaces of concrete block, connecting and directing light between the two block […]

Planter Bricks

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The Planter Bricks are custom designed concrete masonry units that can hold plants and vegetation. The planter bricks have the potential to counter the heat island effect in big cities through evapotranspiration and pollution conversion. The plants in the wall […]

Is Self-healing Concrete the Ultimate Green Material?

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Green building could be on the brink of a revolution in materials following the development of biomass masonry which can be grown using bacterial cultures or repair itself when damaged. Watch the video about Self-healing concrete with the use of bacteria. […]

Bricks that Double as Bird Habitats

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Compelled by the disappearance of house sparrows due to the depletion of their natural environment, students Micaela Nardella and Oana Tudose designed Brick Biotope, a set of bricks that doubles as a habitat for birds.  Shown at FABRIKAAT, a Dutch exhibition showcased in the Ventura Lambrate District for Milan […]