Green-building innovations: Phase-change materials, concrete alternatives

04/26/2012 |

As the construction industry shifts toward using "green" products for a sustainable future, scientists are re-creating basic materials, such as concrete, to make that goal a reality. This article notes developments of three innovative building materials: a phase-change material called "bioPCM" gel; Solidia Technology's plastic-based cement alternative; and Novacem's carbon-negative magnesium oxide-based cement alternative, which absorbs more carbon from the air during production than it releases.

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