Innovative Building Materials

February 1, 2019— What will building look like 10 years from now? Will we still use the same materials and methods? With the introduction of translucent wood, biodegradable furniture,...

February 1, 2019— What will building look like 10 years from now? Will we still use the same materials and methods?

With the introduction of translucent wood, biodegradable furniture, and pollution absorbing bricks it’s hard to imagine our building practices won’t change dramatically! These inventions almost sound too far-fetched to be true. But some very clever researchers have been working hard to make some astonishing discoveries of innovative materials for new building practices.

Walls to replace air-conditioning

Researchers: Group at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia – IAA lead by Areti Markopoulou Material: Hydrocermics

Hydrocermics is a new material comprised of hydrogel bubbles that contain 400 times more than their capacity in water. On warmer days the contents evaporates cooling the atmosphere.

Translucent Wood

Transparent Wood

Researchers: A group of researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
Material: Optically Transparent Wood (TW)

The optical properties of normal wood are eliminated through a chemical reaction removing the lignin from wood. This new material may significantly alter the way in which wood is used within building projects.

Recycled Bricks

Sustainable brick

Researchers: Melbourne Institute of Technology
Material: Sustainable brick

Bricks made with just 1 percent of their mass being comprised of cigarette butts could prove more sustainable while making a lighter and more effective brick.

Light Generating Cement

Researcher: Dr. José Carlos Rubio Ávalos of the UMSNH of Morelia
Material: Light generating cement

This new material has the ability to capture light and radiate it through its properties. This invention will give new use and purpose for cement while providing a more sustainable material.

Pollution Absorbing Brick

Researcher: TU Delft
Material: Breath Brick

‘Breathe Brick” plays a part in a building’s ventilation system. It’s essentially a brick with an in- built vacuuming system that filters out contaminating particles from the air and drops them into a compartment within the wall.

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