Working from home is becoming more and more the norm around the world, but when you actually do so from your house, it can quickly lead to the blurring of the lines between work and leisure time. Solutions such as working at a cafÃ© or a co-working space are great, but so is building a dedicated shed in the garden, if you have one. The UK design firm Surman Weston came up with a simple, yet modern shed for this very purpose. It is clad in cork, and is used by a seamstress and her musician boyfriend. […]
Ecobubo, a Portuguese startup, has recently completed a tiny dwelling of the same name thatâ€™s made of cork. The primary function of this tiny house is to serve as a nature escape for two, since the home is located in the woods and lacks the space and amenities, which would make it suitable as a full-time home. […]
Cork is an often overlooked insulating material, even though it is a great choice for the job, since itâ€™s completely renewable. In the renovation of this 1920s beach house in Essex, UK they used it for cladding and itâ€™s a great choice. The beach house itself is a great example of modern architecture and renovation done right. The renovation was completed by UK-based architect Lisa Shell. […]
Cali Bamboo offers indestructible bamboo floors and bamboo decking, as well as a new cork wall panel under a new company brand referred to as GreenClaimed — a reference to a material that’s been reimagined, revived, or recovered and then transformed into something new.Â In this case, the new Designer Cork Tiles are panels made with the bark of cork oak trees.
If you want to wind up a building scientist, you might mention the topic of insulation.Â Better yet, mention the advent of expanded cork insulation in the United States from Portugal-based Amorim Isolamentos.Â The insulation is made from leftover material from cork bottle stopper production which is heated and sliced into boards, according to Alex Wilson of BuildingGreen.Â Thus, the insulation is rapidly renewable and entirely natural.
After cork bark is plugged by the wine industry, it can be fashioned into a durable, high-density slab called Suberra by the folks at the Eco Supply Center in Richmond, Virginia.Â They compress post-industrial recycled cork grain with a polyurethane binder to create 1-1/4″ composite slabs that are 25-1/2″ wide by 36-1/2″ long.