Upon attending Material Xperience, a Building Materials Expo in the Netherlands, I noticed a particular design concept that appeared consistently from booth to booth: sustainability. This struck me as great news; sustainable products are now more freely available on this market for everyday consumers, and the trend likely infiltrates other markets as well. Among the wealth of innovative materials that were displayed, these renewable, eco-friendly construction materials caught my eye. Could these materials be used in the construction of your future dream house?
- For your patio: Waste Ash Terrazo Tiles
As a consumer society, waste production has been increasing steadily over the years. So, why not give waste a second chance? Recently, waste incinerator plants have been paying third parties to get rid of the excess ash and rubbish that remains unburned. Dutch designer Carmen Reus has turned the “bottom ash” of these waste incinerators into a unique art form. She has collected and transformed the ash into the base for colourful, gleaming terrace tiles. As a result, she repurposes a role traditionally given to concrete, a primary resource!
Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2Hqt92G
For your walls: Patterned Solar Panels
To take your home off the grid, opt for these solar panels with a twist! The photovoltaic cells by the Dutch Solar Design Project are incredibly unique. Inlaid with a design that resembles the common brick pattern, they can be placed on an exterior brick wall and discretely create energy for your home, from right outside your door. Alternatively, the panels have can be inlaid with colourful designs, so that they hang outside like beautiful, renewable wall art.
Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2v2r1LX
For your roof shingles: Air-Purifying Roof Tiles
Imagine a world where your roof tiles purify as much oxygen as six adult trees. These ClimaLife roof tiles are the bee’s knees when it comes to eco-friendly construction. Coated with a layer of photocatalytic titanium dioxide, these tiles neutralize harmful matter, such as nitrogen dioxide, from exhaust fumes and absorb CO2 in a similar fashion to trees. Moreover, the tiles are antimicrobial, hydrophobic and 100% recyclable.
Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2uZC3By
For your driveway: Peach Husks for Gravel
In places where peaches and apricots are a staple export product, such as the Rhone Valley, how about reaping the FULL fruits of your labour? French designers have taken another look at the 100% natural, sturdy, and resistant peach and apricot husks. These tough little husks can be used as bio-granulates or as mulch for driveways, terraces, playgrounds, and parks. The husks do not release dust, have a life expectancy of about 15 years, and do not need to be mined or quarried as they are a natural waste product.
Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2qoTjLd
For your furniture: Comfortable, Compostable Flax Chair
Is biodegradable furniture the next big thing? According to designer Christien Meindertsma and natural fibre specialist Enkev, the answer is yes! This newly developed flax chair is made up of a composite of woven flax and wool fibres, along with bioplastic. The composite can then be heat-pressed into any shape imaginable! On top of this, the process causes very little waste run-off, and the chair is 100% biodegradable. Sounds like the perfect eco-friendly way to top off your green home!
Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2HfLyl2
We all have the desire to be at ease at home, and sustainable construction is a method of making the conscience equally at ease. Do any of these materials inspire you towards “greenify-ing” your home? If so, check out the Materia website for more inspiration!
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