New and Unusual Green Building Materials for May 11, 2009

May 11, 2009 at 10:38 pm 2 comments

Sorry for the absence for the last few days but sometimes life just gets in the way. However tonight I have a very interesting collection of articles on building materials, both new and strange as well as somewhat disgusting. In any event here we go.

We will start off with the somewhat usual and work up to bizarre.  Our first material tonight comes from Consentino (Via Treehugger:

Excerpt: “The company has used six million dollar to research and development the innovation for the new product as an expression of their environmentally consciousness while marrying the material to the importance of their design-oriented attention for architect, designer and consumer. The entire process includes mixing the recycled-content with 25% natural material including: stone scrap from mountains, quarries, manufacturing, and fabrication; and is bonded together with a proprietary eco-friendly 22% corn oil resin.

Next we have a web site devoted to green and sustainable materials, Ecolect ( and it is a pretty good implementation as well as some interesting choices that are available. I encourage you to have a look.

Now we get to the somewhat gross, bricks made from cow dung.  Of course the article on Earth First ( has a title that is a little more sensational.

Excerpt: “EcoFaeBrick, in conjunction with Faerumnesia, produces high quality and low price bricks by utilizing the abundant cow dung in Godean and Sayegan, Jogjakarta. The utilization of the cow dung will not only solve the hygiene problem but also reduce the exploitation of the un-renewable clay. The replacement of firewood with the cow dung methane biogas in the combustion process brings a lower production cost with a more environmental friendly process. EcoFaeBrick also empowers rural people through close partnership with local communities.

Using business model which involves the housing developers, NGOs, and local communities, EcoFaeBrick builds a sustainable market demand to ensure an interesting financial return to the investors. The EcoFaeBrick’s expansion plan focuses on areas with rapid development and high concentration of cattle farm. EcoFaeBrick offers a feasible solution for rapidly developing areas not only in Indonesia but also in other emerging countries.

This article via National Geographic (  is the one tonight that I find the most interesting.  It is all about the research the folks at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor around a bendable form of concrete. It not only is less brittle but also if the story is to be believed is self-healing with a little water!

Excerpt: “Dry material exposed by the cracks reacts with rainwater and carbon dioxide in the air to form “scars” of calcium carbonate, a strong compound found naturally in seashells, said study co-author Victor Li of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The flexible material is just as strong after it heals, the study authors report.”

Pretty exciting stuff!

Lastly tonight we have another collection of interesting green building materials on Greenbang ( enjoy!

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