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Beauty of new glass bricks
This antique Buddha is sitting in front of a 100% recycled glass wall in Kamakura House, Japan, produced by the UK?s Glass Studio Eluna.Building on its experience of working with architects Foster & Partners on such installations, Eluna is now expanding its product range with the introduction of a 100% recycled, load-bearing internal and external brick range.
Step change for natural insulation
Edenbloc35 is a new rigid insulation material introduced by Second Nature UK, the manufacturer of Thermafleece wool products.The product is a natural, low density rigid insulation that can be used in many internal situations including wall lining, under rafters and between rafters and timber studs to provide first class thermal performance.
Waste paper and tyres
Lightweight structural blocks made from waste paper and insulation materials from recycled lorry tyres are among new sustainable innovations being showcased in Future Zone at the Ecobuild 2010 exhibition, which is currently taking place at Earl?s Court in London (March 2-4).
Floating to the future
In the past decade, around thirty floating homes have been built from RexWall ? a composite fibreglass panel. This month, in a new exhibition at the National Architecture Institute (NAi) in Rotterdam, Amsterdam?s Studio Noach is unveiling plans for a new floating home constructed with GreenRexWall composite panels ? made entirely of recycled polystyrene cartons, coffee cups and packing material.
Greenguard for OC glass veils
Owens Corning?s glass fibre veils for carpet, ceilings and flooring are the first in the glass nonwoven industry to be Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified.
WPCs ? 100% growth in three years
The 7th Wood Plastic Composites conference takes place from April 20-22 in Vienna, Austria, as a recent study reveals that this market has doubled in size in just three years.
Energy efficient Whitehall
The UK?s Technology Strategy Board is running a competition which will see buildings at Whitehall, the country?s seat of government in London, demonstrating new energy efficiency technology.
Moebius band in flax and cork
The striking pavilion at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, fully demonstrates what can be achieved with natural fibre composites and has rightly earned the team of companies behind it a 2010 JEC Innovation Award.
New fibreboard alternative
Second Nature UK, the manufacturer of Thermafleece wool insulation, is introducing new insulation blocks for the construction industry made from redundant wool carpet and natural binders.
Greener wood alternative
Containing no wood, plastic or PVC, LifeTime Lumber is being introduced to the US market as something completely new for the building industry ? thermoset polymers combined with a recycled mineral filler.
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