So-called living concrete could provide a solution to several vexing construction and environmental problems in one versatile building material. The product, developed at Spain's Structural Technology Group of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, consists of a low-pH, moisture-retaining concrete that supports mosses, lichen and algae. The plant life produces oxygen while extracting atmospheric carbon dioxide under a porous outer layer, all of which together produce a high insulating factor.

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