Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bricks made with wool

We’re moving one brick at a time towards a more earth friendly building future, and researchers in Europe have just thrown their latest invention into the equation.

Image link:  Inhabitat
Teams working together at the Schools of Architecture at the University of Seville in Spain and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK have created a new environmentally-friendly building material that is stronger and uses less energy to make than its conventional counterpart

The new blocks, which are reinforced by wool and seaweed, were developed during a push by the two universities to create more environmentally-kind building materials that would also mechanically improve upon more traditional ones.

"The objective was to produce bricks reinforced with wool and to obtain a composite that was more sustainable, non-toxic, using abundant local materials, and that would mechanically improve the bricks’ strength," Carmen Gal├ín and Carlos Rivera, authors of the study and researchers at the universities said about their invention.

Source:  Inhabitat

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