By ModCell

Passive building by ModCell

sustainable building, renewables, climate change

Buildings made of straw bales and hemp construction, can have zero heat requirements, they are saving money and reduce CO2 emissions.

Passive building – ModCell is one of the first products to make large-scale, carbon-negative building a commercial reality.

The system utilizes the excellent thermal insulation qualities of straw bale and hemp construction to form prefabricated panels.

Passive buildings

The construction offers super-insulated, high-performance, low energy passive’ buildings to be built using renewable, locally sourced, carbon sequestering, sustainable building materials and can be used in offices, schools, housing and commercial buildings.

This innovative, offsite-manufactured wall and roof cladding system can be quickly and efficiently installed, creating buildings with thermal performance up to three times higher than the current building regulations require. Therefore the construction is certified as Passive House specification.

Ecological footprint

As a result, sustainable buildings of straw bale and hemp construction can have zero heat requirements, saving money and CO2 emissions.

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By Boris Zeisser

Inspired by nature

business park, climate change, CO2, cradle to cradle, eco, energy, energy neutral, footprint, Green building, renewables, sustainable

The chimney principle is copied from ants and termites, which ingeniously craft corridors that regulate the temperature without active ventilation

Inspired by nature!

Environmental Education Centre

This building has been inspired by a termite hill. Natrufied architecture designed a beautiful CO2 end energy neutral building. 

The Environmental Education Centre (picture) is housing offices, a restaurant, exhibition halls and a doctors practice. But for both of the buildings, the solar chimney is The Big Innovation!

Termite mount

In the solar chimney, air is drawn into the ground via pipes and discharged again via the tower. This principle is copied from ants and termites, which ingeniously craft corridors that regulate the temperature without active ventilation.

The buildings are designed with green roofs that isolate and will store all the rain and storm waters.

Markenhage, Inspired by nature

With new additions of wood and slate stone, together with the existing red bricks, a new earthy tone of materials will make a new composition of old and new in a ton-sur-ton strategy.

School renovation

For the new Campus Markenhage in Breda, the Netherlands, Natrufied designs a complex of buildings creating a base for 3 schools; Markenhage, Michael College and the Orion Lyceum. The 14.000 m2 building is partially new build, partially a renovation of an existing school building. Old and new are woven together into a new community, with respect to each schools own identity.

Inspired by nature

Working with ingredients from nature, the theme of Art d’eco has been developed as one of the main design philosophies of the office. With this the ambition is to support the environment as well as to create beauty: this makes the art of ecology.

All designs are inspired by Nature:

  • embedding the program into the surrounding environment
  • biomimicry design approach
  • use of natural materials
  • natural shapes or more abstract representation of natural patterns
  • parametric structures and biotic material approach

Integrating high tech and low tech sustainability into the designs is a natural part of their design work.


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By Gert Jan Scholte

High Tech Pavilion built of residuals

High Tech Paviljoen built of rest materials

The hollow columns are designed to store rainwater.

To accelerate the Clean Tech Innovation, green architect GertJan Scholte has built a high tech pavilion of residuals in Amsterdam.

 

High Tech Pavilion

Building with bio-composites needs repetition – and therefore modular solutions – because the molds are expensive. 

High Tech Paviljoen built of rest materials

six-sided base of bio-composite material

Residuals as raw materials

The concept of Cradle to Cradle is about quality and innovation. It’s main focus is striving for a large positive impact. 

For the design of the pavilion, Scholte has chosen a six-sided base of bio-composite material. Supplemented with a triangle element.

The aim is to build a smart system for the collection of rainwater, with these elements. The hollow columns are designed to store rainwater.

 

Circular

More architects are experimenting with residuals and construction methods to contribute to a circular world. The engagement to a circular world is common. An example is the complete cradle to cradle business park 20 | 20 in Amsterdam.

Europe intents to develop a C2C Certified Community of Practice in Europe. The Europe government is facilitating a ‘living lab’ for industrial participants to learn, share, and collaborate, in order to identify opportunities and solutions for shared success.

Cradle to Cradle advantages

  • Products and processes are designed in such a way that materials remain available to humans and their natural environment
  • Products are designed so that the materials can be completely reused in the technical cycle
  • Products in the technical cycle must act as a high-quality raw material for new products in the technological domain
  • Absolutely no harmful waste substances may be released during the manufacturing process
  • Products are manufactured using circular energy sources
  • Continuous improvement required.

Criteria on 5 topics

  • Material health
  • Material reutilization & carbon management
  • Renewable energy use
  • Water stewardship
  • Social responsibility

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By Lennart Graaff

FerrisWheel: the Future Windmill

circular architecture, WindWheel, green, circular building, Rotterdam

Dutch WindWheel has released an architecture design for the wind turbine of the future: the Wind Wheel.

Dutch WindWheel Corporation has released an architectural design for the wind turbine of the future: the FerrisWheel.

FerrisWheel design:

  • The windmill is 174 meters high
  • The hole in the middle ensures renewable energy with water drops
  • The building will generate solar power
  • In the building is enough space for apartments and hotels

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Green skyline icon

The energy and ambition of Dutch WindWheel Corporation is contagious. They are convinced: This wind power FerrisWheel, will be the green icon of the future. They think it will not be hard to find investors.

  • The panoramic wheel, equipped with moving cabins (including a underwater film experience), should be funded by an attraction operator
  • Estate developers will invest in the apartments and the hotel
WindWheel technology details

WindWheel is exploring the possibilities for sustainable materials and local energy generation with solar, biomass and waste heat.

Circular Architecture

First, Dutch WindWheel wants to think about the innovations that has to accommodate the building. Together with 10 partners, Dutch WindWheel want to explore the possibilities for sustainable materials and local energy generation with solar, biomass and waste heat. Circular Architecture of ‘Climate Architecture’ as it is mentioned by the owner Lennart Graaff.

Rotterdam

By 2025 the FerrisWheel should be operational. Preference is given to Rotterdam (EU city 2015), but Amsterdam will be another great opportunity.


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program: 61.000m2 public space, apartments, hotel, restaurant, touristic attraction
status: innovation and feasibility year 2016-17
location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
year realization: 2022-2025
initiative: Doepel Strijkers, Meysters and BLOC (Windwheel Corporation)

 

By Marcel Bettonvil

Clairplus Stone Purifies Air

Clairplus Stone Purifies AirThis stone called “Clairplus”, purifies the air. It breaks down 63 to 80% nitrous oxide (NOx and NO) from the air. This stone is one of the great, sustainable contributions to slow down global warming.

One square meter Clairplus purifies the air as much as a large tree does. 9 m2 reduces NOx as much as a normal car yearly emissions. Clairplus has a special coating of titanium dioxide.

We already knew that titanium dioxide breaks down nitrogen oxide influenced by sunlight. Usage in building materials is new. The coating functions as a catalyst: it changes the harmful nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrate, which is washed away by rainwater, just as plants do in nature.

NOx causes acid rain and smog.

Clairplus

MBI uses this patented technology for bricks and concrete stones which can be used for roads, gardens and parks.

It is possible to use 20,000 square meters of air-purifying stones in facades, streets and gardens in air pollutioned neighborhoods so cities get ‘green lungs of stones’.

  • Tests with air purifying paving stones in a street in Hengelo showed that the NOx concentrations throughout the day decreased with 19%
  • The stones used in Hengelo could break off 40 to 50 percent of the NOx
  • The Clairplus was also tested by professor Brewers in the reactor of the Technical University of Eindhoven which resulted in the purification of 63 percent

An additional advantage of stones with a coating of titanium dioxide is the self-cleaning ability. The stones retain the original color because the top layer will not be attached by dirt, algae and mosses.


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By Marcel Bettonvil

Mecalithe in Concrete saves CO2

Mecalithe® in Concrete saves CO2

Mecalithe forms tiny needles in the concrete. Now concrete strenghtenens itself. This process is fast, concrete can be lifted quicker out of its formwork.

Mecalithe® in Concrete saves 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2. 

Production of cement supplies 3.5 billion tons of CO2 worldwide. The production of cement is bad for our milieu. Therefore MGX Group developed Houton: concrete made with wood-dust and reinforced it with Mecalithe®.

Mecalithe®

The admixture for Cement Saver (CemSaver) Mecalithe® is intended for the (prefab) concrete industry. This additive can be used as a hardening accelerator and makes it possible to considerably increase the final strength by about 30%.

What’s the secret?

Cement has hardly any fibers and therefore a tensile strength of nothing. Because of that steel must be used to reinforce the concreet.

Mecalithe forms tiny needles in the concrete. Now concrete strenghtenens itself. This process is fast, concrete can be lifted quicker out of its formwork.

MBI (concreet industry) started a pilot with founder Peter van Bakel – MGX / Suston – an agency that investigates new “concrete” concepts. This pilot showed that Mecalithe needed less cement and still yielded stronger concrete.

Inventor of the Mecalithe is Youva Raj Tyagi, professor concrete technique at the Caledonian University in Glasgow.

Green product

The ‘green concrete’ is extremely strong, and remains perfect in roads with a lot of traffic, when it freezes, and must withstand salt. The potential is enormous.

Cement is not only expensive, but also harmful to the environment, because cement must be heated to high temperatures, making it responsible for over 5% of CO2 emissions worldwide.

Less cement in concrete translates into fewer greenhouse gases.

Houton

Houton ® is concrete in which wood has been processed.

This raw material combines the positive properties of wood and concrete. Wood does not normally bond with cement because it is an organic material.

However, by adding Megatrax® to the product it is possible to make concrete containing 30 to 90% wood. 

End there is more:

If Geopolymers are added to the cement, this will reduce CO2 emissions during the cement production by 80%.

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By Marcel Bettonvil

Concrete ECOFORTO 35% CO2 reduction

Concrete, sustainable architecture, Ecoforto, recycle, reuse

Revolutionary is the use of the alternative Mecalithe excipient. With Mecalithe the concrete uses 30 percent less cement in his ECOFORTO concrete blocks

Concrete ECOFORTO stones can reduce up to 35% CO2 reduction. The ECOFORTO concrete has been launched by MBI. This stone is produced with 30% less cement.

ECOFORTO

The base of this concrete block ECOFORTE is the strong durable coating from titanium dioxide.

The titanium dioxide coating guarantees not only a long life. If used on stones as the Clairplus, stones are also capable of infiltrating water and purifying the air. Because of this strong top layer the concrete blocks can be manufactured with minimal cement and primary materials and still can meet all strength requirements

Recycle

Furthermore, MBI replace 30 percent of its primary raw materials like sand and gravel by secondary raw materials from recycled and purified bottom ash of waste incinerators.

By using Rebeas sand and gravel from old railways, ballast gets a second life in the concrete. Also MBI plants recycle all their own debris in their concrete.

Revolutionary

Revolutionary is the use of the alternative Mecalithe excipient. With Mecalithe the concrete uses 30 percent less cement in his ECOFORTO concrete blocks.

Since the cement industry is responsible for 5 percent of all CO2 emissions in the world, this leads to a substantial reduction of the CO2 footprint.

Green product

The ‘green concrete’ is extremely strong, and remains perfect in roads with a lot of traffic, when it freezes, and must withstand salt. The potential is enormous.

Cement is not only expensive, but also harmful to the environment, because cement must be heated to high temperatures, making it responsible for over 5% of CO2 emissions worldwide.

Less cement in concrete translates into fewer greenhouse gases.

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If Geopolymers are added to the cement, this will reduce CO2 emissions during the cement production by 80%.

By Gerard Steijn

MobileFactory – Lego inspired Houses

MobileFactory Lego Inspired Houses

MobileFactory Lego Inspired Houses

MobileFactory: Lego inspired Houses for the homeless. It is time to demonstrate how to change the world!

Dangerous debris that destroys people’s lives and their surroundings will soon be transformed by The MobileFactory’s The Flying Dutchman into high-quality building materials for poor people to build their own safe, dignified homes.

After a disaster, the worldwide standard is moving from a home into a tent, while moving from a tent to a home is but an illusion, a dream. Together we can change this!

Social housing in Haiti

All aspects of the production and building process will be demonstrated and our pilot project in Haiti will be presented. In Haiti we will help 30 families build the Petit Paradis community: 23 homes, varying in size from 60 to 100 m. During construction the families receive a remuneration that can be used as a deposit for the house, their home. The houses will be managed by Haiti Housing Community S.A., the first social housing corporation in Haiti, founded in cooperation with our Haitian partners.

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Happy Homes

Victims of war or natural disasters want their live back. Besides that, all people do want more. More space, more wealth and more food. We need to do something. Let’s try the circular economy. We offer you a great recycling project called Happy Homes.

Product innovation is much faster than system innovation. Let’s go for a durable and modular design. For mobility, housing and food. The result? Triple benefits:

  1. Carbon (when we go for circularity, our CO2 will lower from 68 to 17 in 2050)
  2. Jobs (the remanufacturing and recycling industries already account for about one million jobs in Europe and the US)
  3. Resources (our primary material consumption wil lower from 78 to 47 in 2050)

The economy needs a shifting demand to more labored modular design. This saves our carbon footprint.

On a global scale, the net savings from materials could reach $1 trillion a year.


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By Oscar Mendez

Homes using Discarded Plastic

Mendez builds homes using Discarded PlasticMendez builds homes using Discarded Plastic

Colombian architect Andres Mendez Gerardino is building homes for the homeless, using discarded plastic. 

We give credits to the guy who came up with this invention.

He is helping so many people and families.

Building Homes using Discarded Plastic

Let’s ensure this solution spreads all around the world. Not just for homeless, he can sell it for sheds, storage, parking garage etc… Great idea!!!

Views on Facebook, as of posting, have soared to over 19 million and shares have gone up to 362K — and quickly rising by the minute.

Watch this and you’ll understand why:

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Oscar Mendez brings new meanings of wasted plastics & rubbers to be home for the homeless. 46% of North Americans People are homeless. He find a creative solution for tonnes of wasted plastics and rubbers.
They’re processed and molded it into “LEGO-BRICKS” to be assembled into one unity as home. He and his team bring positive changes for people and environment at the same time.

“We are creating economic value from plastics that have no market. They are contaminated plastics, but now with a market after being recycled.”

The idea came from musician Fernando Llanos and was later adopted by architect Oscar Mendez, who through several years of research managed to develop bricks from processing all types of used plastics.

Triple impacts

This is an initiative of triple impacts: economic impact, environmental impact and social impact. Now the invention has started to benefit thousands of homeless, who are having their own housed built mainly in suburbs with the special chunks.

The housing deficit in Latin America is tremendous. 40% percent of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America do not own a home. One in seven people in the world lives in extreme poverty. Then Mendez wanted to improve this situation by offering houses.

With wide use of the new building components, Colombia also expects to downsize contamination caused by thrown-away plastics.

Recycle and ReUse

“On the environmental side, only in Bogota 6,300 tons of waste is thrown into the landfill is (each year), of which approximately 12%, or 750 tons, are plastics. Only 100 tons are recycled. We are recycling more of them to build hundreds of houses (for displace people).”


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