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Alcoa Unveils Smog Eating Aluminum Panel

We’ve seen roof tiles that eat smog, but Alcoa Architectural Products is introducing an architectural panel that the company claims can clean itself and the air around it.  Reynobond with EcoClean is what it’s called, and it’s a combination of Reynobond, which is a pre-painted, aluminum, coil-coated panel, and EcoClean, a proprietary coating with titanium oxide.

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Resysta, the Non-Wood, Wood

(c) Max Strang Architecture

Resysta is an attractive, sustainable, and non-plastic alternative to wood.  With the look and feel of wood, Resysta is very durable, water-resistant and most comparable to the typically unsustainable, tropical hardwoods; however, it contains no wood.  Suitable for decking, cladding, interior wall cladding or marine applications, Resysta is flexible enough for all projects.

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How to Improve Home Cooling with Trees

While green homes often sport all manner of technical solutions to keep them optimized and efficient, the landscaping can have a significant effect on the building and its energy use. Site orientation and landscape can also be powerful tools to control the energy needs of a building. While it’s not practical to reorient most homes, in many cases you can still make improvements by planting trees.

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Straw Bales Used for Pop-Up Structure

Productive Building is a recycled and recyclable building system concept that was recently demonstrated for the construction of Greenhouse, a temporary, and entirely waste free, restaurant on the waterfront in Sydney, Australia.  The Productive Building system is an intriguing and fast way of creating a building with steel, straw bales, and simple interior and exterior finishes.

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High Recycled Content NewWood

In addition to dRain Joint, I also noticed this 100% recycled-content board called NewWood at the National Green Building Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City.  The “wood” is actually a composite of recycled plastic and recycled wood that is locally sourced and manufactured in Elma, Washington.

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Green Materials to Grow to $70B by 2015

U.S. demand for green building materials — products that contribute to LEED certification — is expected to reach $70 billion by 2015, according to an updated study by The Freedonia Group.  The market is currently at $39 billion, representing a staggering increase of 13% per year during the next five years.  This increase will come from green materials taking market share from non-green materials, but the main driver for demand is a rebound from the construction doldrums of recent years.

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