Newly-Developed Concrete Absorbs CO2, Insulates, And Is Also A Vertical Garden… – Eco Snippets

Newly-Developed Concrete Absorbs CO2, Insulates, And Is Also A Vertical Garden…

Newly-Developed Concrete Absorbs CO2, Insulates, And Is Also A Vertical Garden...

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In Barcelona, Spain, researchers at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have found an innovative solution to the long-established emissions problem. Science Daily reports that they discovered how to build megastructures with a biological concrete that not only lowers CO2 and regulates heat, but is pleasing to look at.

It is not only a medium for growth and a construction material, but a means to regulate temperatures indoors while removing CO2 from the atmosphere.  The surface of the concrete grows mosses, lichens, fungi and other biological organisms…

Newly-Developed Concrete Absorbs CO2, Insulates, And Is Also A Vertical Garden...

The invention needs to be used in regions with a calm Mediterranean climate, but enables buildings to absorb CO2 and release oxygen with micro-algae and other “pigmented microorganisms” that coat it.

While vertical gardens certainly enhance its aesthetic appeal, one might declare that its beauty is sourced in its clever design.

The concrete works in layers: The top layer absorbs and stores rainwater and grows the microorganism underneath; it can also absorb solar radiation, which insulates the building and regulates temperatures for those who live inside. The final layer of the concrete repels water to keep the internal structure safe, shares Inhabitat.

Normal concrete has high pH levels that don’t allow plants to grow, but this newly developed one is more acidic, which lowers the pH to levels safer for growth…

Newly-Developed Concrete Absorbs CO2, Insulates, And Is Also A Vertical Garden...

The research team, led by Antonio Aguado and supported by Ignacio Segura and Sandra Manso, has big plans for the design. They share on UPC’s website:

“A further aim is that the appearance of the façades constructed with the new material should evolve over time, showing changes of colour according to the time of year.” (via TrueActivist)

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I love the natural look!

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Pretty ridiculous. Yes concrete sequesters CO2 and it has done that for some time (as found out in that experimental Biosphere 2 project back in the 70s). In that experiment carbon was way out of control. Concrete sequestered some of the carbon, but clearly not enough.

Plants are so much better at sequestering carbon.

Concrete is a terribly polluting industry, producing 5% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Selling concrete to people as a means to sequester carbon is like the dentist handing you candy and telling you to brush your teeth and floss.

http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2012/05/09/emissions-from-the-cement-industry/

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Ya know what absorbs co2 also probably better. TREES

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What about hemp concrete? NOT newly-developed & absorbs CO2 even better

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Hmm. For ‘calm, Mediterranean climates’. I foresee roots penetrating and breaking up the structure, frost damage, aspergillus mould growth and maintenance issues. Maybe I’m too gloomy. But hempcrete with a lime wash stays dry, absorbs CO2 and has lower energy for manufacture.

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There was an article in New Scientist a few years ago about a new formulation for ‘normal’ concrete which absorbed CO2 as it aged. Making a road out of it would absorb the CO2 of the vehicles passing over it.

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so..you all realize this CO2 getting blamed for “global warming” is pure idiocy dont you? firstly, there is hardly any of it in the atmosphare, secondary, plants need it to survive, and tests done in enclosures has proven that when co2 amonts increase, plants actually increase in growth ahd size to capture ahd hold it almost imediately. But lets all pretend that there are no chem trails, or other chemicals a lot more toxic that come out of every coal or gas stack.. people are fucking idiots. Also note, that every planet in our solar system is warming, not just our planet. another “fact” main stream media says nothing about, but the science community knows about openly…

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    So is what they say about methane false too?

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    you produce plenty of gases yourself, our species, in itself has managed to fill up the sea with so much non degradable plastic waste, its mass out weights all the fish.. So heard of a bio digestor? plenty of farmers now have them on their farms (especially dairy farms,) where they not only produce gas for energy production, but biodegrade the urin/ (urea, ideal ferterlizer) and poop into quality ferterlizer. its up to you how you want do it.. sure you are going to have your cattle poop out in the feilds if your only producing for meat.. but are you over grazing? (bad, doesnt just screw the soil, causes parasite loads in the lifestock to increase) are you farm factory feeding (bad, but easier to collect the waste and utilize it) Ideally, you want a house cow or 3, do your own kills, butcher your own meat. I grew up doing it. I think most people, if they had to do it, would be vegetarian, and i dont fault that, but at least the choice was informed. i have had to kill sick and old animals i love dearly, and have done it, because thats the true cost of being there for your animals. A small holdings (farm) owner puts a lot more care into their animals, orchards and garden. its an unspoken deal we have made, that in the last couple of hundred years, we have seriously broken, and abused to the point of psychopathic behaviour. Thing is, to except, you are a predator. because otherwise you are going to have to become a breatharian. Everything you do, costs lives of something. So, take responsibility for being a predator, and then you are empowered to act. you do it small, you learn to compost, you do a worm farm, you grow a few fresh garden herbs, some Aloes, then you get 4 or 6 chickens (2-3 is enough for a single person). learn to make your own pickles , jams, etc. take your own home made recycled bags shopping, etc. As for “green house gasses”, you will find that every planet in our solar system, has increased in temperature, accross the board the last 10 years, not only that, the sun has changed frequency, its more blue light than yellow. If you wish to wonder what could possibly be screwing with the weather, have you noticed the non stop chemical trails crossing the sky? maybe those have more to do with it. I think our answer though, something we can do, is to go small farm production, and take back our power from factory farming. Some farmers will now “grow” your pigs, sheep, beef, or a house milk cow” on you (and other famillies behalf) organically, and have it killed proffessionally and legally. All you need is a freezer big enough.

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There is more than the atmosphere on earth
All life depends on the oceans
Guess what.. the problem isn’t co2, it’s the heating that releases it and acidifies the ocean killing aquatic animals and the rest of the chain

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Co2 is a “representation” of free carbon – which could be an analogy to: organic matter isn’t sticking to the planet and starts going everywhere (until the life-enabling balance won’t be no more)

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This post is old as hell

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Hempcrete does it better. Building material of the past and the future..removes Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere..

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    dont want CO2 removed plants need it to survive put out oxygen which we need to survive.

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    Elynor Cassinelli Hempcrete traps the CO2 and releases oxygen, We are destroying the planet with deforestation and that releases CO2, i think you have missed the point..too much is not a good thing and that is our problem with greenhouse gas emissions…Hemp can turn this around..We are producing way to much CO2, car’s, Microwaves ovens, fridges, too many animals and so on..

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My concrete has been doing this for years. It’s the moss that does it

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Nathan Christner

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concretely talking, concrete is not a sustainable construction material… The raw material it is manufactured from is exhausting at quick rate 🙁

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there is a lack of sand for making concrete in nearby future, so concrete is not at all an ecologic building material

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    Carol Vandecasteele citation required

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    Adrian Weeks if you have that interest in ecological construction and in sustainability, you should know both. I won’t search an hour for solving your questions until you pay me for it. and if it really matters to you you dig out the matter for yourself.

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    Carol Vandecasteele I guess you are not interested in educating we poor ignorant fools and are more impressed with your own self and importance.

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    Mary Swihart have really not the time to look up things for somebody else… there is google and Wikipedia. FB is not place for writing whole chapters. and need not your arrogant comment whete you find upurself that important that i will consume hours of my freetime just to you rezading it in 5 minutes. or not reading like most people do on FB and elsewhere…
    and before you challenge my character know me at least.have been volunteering most of my life for peanuts appreciation so i need not your poisonous comment

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I would wonder how long it would last before deteriorating. Over time would it break down and dissolve?

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    We still uncover Roman concrete buried for near 1600 years.

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    Alison Goodchap that may be true but this is porous allowing for water to soak in. We know that statues and buildings made of marble and limestone dissolve on the surface over time so why wouldn’t concrete that is porous also dissolve?

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Probably a good idea, but the crooked, delapidated-looking structure in the photo looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie. Not exactly inspiring.

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