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Bio-based houses are seducing Latin America

The use of natural materials is growing rapidly in Argentina and other South American countries. Technical progress and policy implementation seem to go hand in hand   The green building phenomenon in Latin America has taken off....
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Debating GMOs in construction material

What about GMOs in our homes?   Adopting biobased materials in home building can slash construction costs, but is Europe ready to put aside its fears about GM products?   One of the main contributors of CO2 emissions are the...
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Could bio-based construction materials help earthquake-proof buildings?

Italy is no stranger to earthquakes, suffering deadly seismic events which have shattered communities. Sixty percent of the country’s building stock was built before a law dated 1974, which introduced regulations for constructions in risk areas. So...
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Bio-based materials facing the challenges of the construction industry: workshop summary

The use of bio-based materials is often met with scepticism from architects, insurers and contractors in the construction industry, which has led to slow market uptake. This scepticism generally results from a lack of adequate training and support...
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ISOBIO mid-term project meeting: demonstrating the benefits of bio-based materials for the construction sector

On the way to demonstrating the benefits of bio-based materials for the construction sector   ISOBIO aims to develop new bio-based insulation panels and renders, and to scale them for mainstream adoption by the building and...
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When indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air

“Besides the contaminants we find outside, we also have indoor contaminants. There are pollutants typical of homes such as dust, spores, moulds, and those produced by human activities like cooking and house-cleaning, that contribute to the release...
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A raincoat for our houses

From the use of Gore-Tex-like waterproof fabrics to the development of “breathable” bio-based materials, the construction industry is chasing breakthrough solutions to insulate buildings and keep living areas free from damp and mould....
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Homes made with bio-based materials store CO2 just like trees

Houses built with bio-based materials, such as timber, straw and hemp, act as CO2 banks. Experts explain how citizens can become custodians of atmospheric carbon dioxide and thus help reduce air pollution.   Domestic efforts play an important role...
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Isobio project workshop results: Bio-based building systems creating a bio-economy

Beyond research, towards the market   ISOBIO is emerging from the research phase and taking its first steps towards its target market. Bringing innovation and research outcomes to the attention of experts and stakeholders is...
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Materials science: modernity juxtaposed with tradition in buildings

The Social Life of Bricks   A celebrity in the materials world, Mark Miodownik dreams of colour-changing walls and looks at the future of renewable buildings.   Mark Miodownik will never forget the day he became obsessed with...