Building Technology Update for Dec. 26, 2009

December 26, 2009 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

Hope that you all are having a wonderful holiday time wherever you are. Tonight I have three entries into the neat new building technology category!

First we have an entry from Panasonic, reported by Green Beat (http://green.venturebeat.com/2009/12/24/panasonics-new-home-battery-could-store-a-weeks-worth-of-electricity/) where they are proposing battery technology that may be able to store a weeks worth of energy for your home.

Excerpt: ” Panasonic is charging into the green space headlong — first with deals to supply batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles — and now announcing that it will launch a massive lithium-ion storage battery capable of powering an average home for up to a week, the company says.”

Next we have Hemcrete, a brick type material made from you guessed it, Hemp using a lime binder.  The article on  Gajitz.com (http://gajitz.com/not-just-for-macrame-carbon-negative-hemp-buildings/) covers the subject matter well with only a slight wistfulness about the illegality of the source material.  However it is probably time to rethink the use of this very versatile material and maybe our lawmakers will give it a look again under this new administration.  I especially like the thought of being able to recycle the material when you tear a building down into fertilizer!

Last tonight we have a wallpaper that is stronger than the wall it is used on. Popular Science (http://www.popsci.com/node/42027) has a great article on a material used like wallpaper to make a building blast resistant.  I really like the idea and the possible other uses that aren’t in a war zone.  I can easily imagine being able to better stabilize older buildings here in earthquake prone California where I live.

Excerpt: “X-Flex bonds so tightly, it helps walls keep their shape after blast waves. Two layers are strong enough to stop a blunt object, like a flying 2×4, from knocking down drywall. During our tests, just a single layer kept a wrecking ball from smashing through a brick wall. The wallpaper’s strength and ductility is derived from a layer of Kevlar-like material sandwiched by sheets of elastic polymer wrap. The combination works so well that the Army is now considering wallpapering bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Civilians could soon start remodeling too—Berry Plastics plans to develop a commercial version next year.”

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