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How To Remove Oil Stains From Concrete (Driveways, Garage Floors, etc.)

How To Remove Oil Stains From Concrete

Do you have unattractive oil marks on the concrete around your house? Does your automobile leak oil and leave unsightly spots on the driveway or garage floor? If you’re sick of staring at the oil-stained concrete surrounding your house, take action and discover how to effectively eliminate stains from concrete with several simple ingredients and…

Are oil stains permanent on concrete?

It’s a common misconception that oil stains on concrete are impossible to remove. They could be difficult to eliminate, particularly if they have been present for some time but are not permanent. If a homeowner’s attempts to eliminate oil stains from their concrete garage or driveway were unsuccessful, they could give up and accept the…

What do I do when oil spills on concrete?

If oil spills onto your concrete, remove as much of it as possible immediately. The oil stains are easiest to eliminate immediately following the oil spill before the oil penetrates and hardens into the concrete or extends over a larger surface region. If the spillage is minor, less than 6 inches in diameter, it should…

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.

The Ultimate Guide To The Best Building Materials

Best Building Materials

There are so many factors to consider when buying materials for your building projects that the process involved can be very overwhelming. Before anything else you need to consider your finances and how much every element will cost you. Although you may want to concentrate on the building materials, it doesn’t matter which materials create…

Post and Beam Construction (Design & Building Guide)

Post and Beam Construction

Building with post and beam construction is a rewarding experience for homeowners and architects. The process involves designing, engineering, and building homes that minimize their carbon footprint without sacrificing aesthetics or comfort. With sustainability and longevity in mind, these structures are highly energy efficient and architecturally superior to their timber counterparts. The concept of post…

Pier and Beam Foundations (Building, Cost, & Problems)

Pier and Beam Foundation

Every property is structured on a foundation, but a solid foundation is necessary for a great home. With numerous options available, selecting the proper foundation is essential to build a long-lasting home. One such option is the increasingly popular pier-and-beam foundation, commonly featured in contemporary residences. Its elevated design offers a set of traits that…

Is the pier and beam a permanent foundation?

Yes, most pier and beam foundations are permanent. They often rest on concrete, which is known to withstand environmental elements and other factors that may cause degradation. If you choose this foundation for your home, you are guaranteed up to 75 years of sustainability.