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Concrete Brise Soleil Cools Sustainable Building In Ghana

sustainable building in Ghana

One Airport Square in Accra, Ghana uses an innovative brise soleil of concrete to let light in while keeping heat out, which greatly reduces the cost of cooling.

Reversible Concrete Allows for Easy Removal

Yes, you read the title correctly – reversible concrete! It seems like an oxymoron – concrete is known for its stability and strength, and its permanence. Well, not anymore! Last October at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Self-Assembly Lab at MIT and Gramazio Kohler Research of ETH Zurich showed off a process that might finally one-up…

New Insulated Concrete Blocks Made From Recycled Styrofoam

BluBloc insulated concrete forms

A new company in Portland, Oregon is gearing up to manufacture large quantities of the latest product in the ICF (insulated concrete forms) world.  BluBloc offers a twist on standard ICF products – it uses recycled styrofoam instead of manufacturing new for use in the forms. BluBloc is 85% recycled polystyrene foam (styrofoam) and 15%…

Green Materials Report: Permeable Concrete

Permeable concrete allows water to drain through

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series.  GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green.  Each post focuses on one material.  We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned.  We…

Concrete Dome Update: Monolithic Domes

I recently wrote about an innovative concrete dome. Turns out others have been built that are beautiful, structurally sound, and well worth mentioning. One is Monolithic Dome. What follows has been taken from their website. What are Monolithic Domes? They are super structures! Monolithic Domes are constructed following a method that requires a tough, inflatable Airform,…

Building Innovation: Inflatable Concrete Dome

Building innovations like this inflatable concrete dome may revolutionize certain building standards — roofs, for instance. Look at the interior  photographic perspective. Remember Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome?   When concrete shells are constructed, they usually have to be supported by elaborate timber structures. A revolutionary technique developed at the Vienna University of Technology now uses…

Strength and Design in Concrete Forms

There is something amazingly raw and beautiful in cast concrete forms and buildings. These forms can become any shape imaginable and all that is required is the form to hold the concrete as it dries. Panels of remarkable sizes can be placed on site in construction zones, allowing buildings to rise in record breaking time…

GUEST POST: Greenwashed or Legit? The Idea Behind Green Concrete Countertops

Building green is trendy these days in the construction and remodeling industry. There are environmental experts who point to concrete as a suitable material for green construction, including concrete floors, concrete homes and concrete countertops.

Best Metal Storage Sheds That You Can Buy Right Now

Best Metal Storage Sheds

A shed is a vital part of any backyard, and this metal storage sheds review will help you make the right choice when it comes to choosing the perfect one for your needs. The best metal storage sheds are made from durable materials that can withstand all types of weather conditions. They come in various…

The Best Mop For Tile Floors That You Can Buy Right Now

The Best Mop For Tile Floors 1

Mops are essential tools for cleaning floors. They remove dirt and grime from surfaces such as wood, ceramic, linoleum, vinyl, marble, granite, terrazzo, concrete, and even tile. There are several types of mops, including wet mops, dry mops, steam mops, and vacuum mops. In fact, there are so many kinds of mops, it can be…