Soon, home builders may be growing their own insulation right in the walls of the home. And bricks could grow in a mold rather than bake in a kiln.
Manufacturing traditional construction products like bricks and insulation consumes a lot of resources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that residential and commercial building contributes up to 40% of landfill wastes, and 40% of global carbon dioxide emissions are linked to the construction industry. Also, the building products industry is a large consumer of non-renewable materials and embodied energy.
To reduce the environmental impact of building, scientists and entrepreneurs are creating products that are grown, not made.
Two of the winners in the recent Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge show how renewable biological resources can give buildings a whole new shade of green.
The goal of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is to chart a path for products that can be created from safe materials, that are built with renewable energy, and are completely reusable. — Full Story at Forbes —