Architecture and Construction

FastDry® wall-drying technology is quick, quiet and energy-efficient

Until now, noisy and power-guzzling building dryers have normally been the only way of repairing water damage to apartments from leaking pipes or following heavy rain and flooding. The “FastDry”®…

Researchers improve cement with shrimp shell nanoparticles

Putting nanoparticles from shrimp shells into cement paste made the material significantly stronger — an innovation that could lead to reduced seafood waste and lower carbon emissions from concrete production….

Fine particles back into the raw material cycle

FINEST project selected in the Helmholtz Association’s sustainability challenge. Industrial processes are inevitably associated with the generation of fine-grained residues. These rarely find re-entry into the industrial value chain. Typically,…

Future smart homes could be powered with electronics built on stones

What if you could power the smart thermostats, speakers and lights in your home with a kitchen countertop? Stones, such as marble and granite, are natural, eco-friendly materials that many…

Urban timber construction: Colored façades increase acceptance

Practice-based architecture study reveals importance of wood as sustainable building material for cities – appeal for colored and planted façades – “Vinzent” reference project in Munich. Wood as a building…

Software combines Life Cycle Assessment and Economics for buildings

The European Union wants the Life Cycle Assessment of buildings to be given more significance in the future, and the EU Taxonomy creates a systematic basis for this: It defines…

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