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Sustainability

Bobtrade's Best: Green Construction

Alice-India Garwood
by Alice-India Garwood on December 7, 2018

At Bobtrade, we are excited about the prospect of a greener and cleaner industry. Whether it means changing up our construction methods, changing the way we look at design or totally swapping our building materials, we can’t wait to see a sustainable future. So, to celebrate what has been a massive year for us at Bobtrade HQ we wanted to share with you some of our favourite developments in sustainability.


Sustainable construction is a massive subject. So we have had to dig deep and only choose a couple that we love and that we think you will really love to. So, without further delay, here is our list.

Stuttgart University Institute of Building Construction and Structural Design.

An incredible display of the capabilities of bioplastics in construction, the facade of the Stuttgart University Institute of Building Construction and Structural Design is made of a form of liquid wood known as Arboskin.

bobtrade, green, sustainable, materials, supplies, construction, building[Photo Credit: Parametric Architecture]

"The facade of the Stuttgart University Institute of Building Construction and Structural Design is made of liquid wood known as Arboskin."


Liquid wood is when lingin, an element of wood that is usually discarded, is mixed with resin, flax and fibers.

The liquid shifts and solidifies in a way that mimics plastic. It can be injected into molds and take the form of detailed and sharp objects. Pretty impressive!

There are a whole host of brilliant sustainable materials changing construction and making it greener from our past as well as the present.

Step forward, Pykrete!

Made famous during the Second World War, Pykrete is a frozen composite material proposed for the British Navy as a sustainable and low cost material to build an aircraft carrier.

"Pykrete was proposed as a sustainable and low cost material to build an aircraft carrier."


15% wood pulp and 85% frozen water, if the frozen temperature is maintained, Pykrete is comparable to concrete in it’s strength and durability.

"Pykrete is comparable to concrete in strength and durability."

bobtrade, green, sustainable, materials, supplies, construction, building[Photo Credit: Fatberg]


Incredible!

From amazing green construction materials to creative and sustainable buildings!

The Tall Wood Residence.

At 53 meters high, the Tall Wood Residence, is a fabulous timber tower which was built in the summer of 2017. Situated in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia, it is the tallest timber building constructed to date.

This building stores carbon dioxide, reducing the carbon footprint and making our world a much cleaner, better place to live in.

bobtrade, green, sustainable, materials, supplies, construction, building[Photo Credit: UBC]

The benefit of timber towers are their versatility, light weight and strength - not to mention they are beautiful- and excellent thermal and load bearing properties.

Now, how about a building made of rubbish?

The Brighton waste house is a marvellous example of the benefits of creative thinking in the face of a waste epidemic.

The Brighton Waste House is a practical investigation into the construction of a modern, low energy, permanent structure using 85% “waste” material.

bobtrade, green, sustainable, materials, supplies, construction, building[Photo Credit: Tree Hugger]

Started in 2012, it was an experiment, but one which has done so much to highlight the power of recycling and sustainable construction. Giving value back to the things we dispose of.

"Started in 2012, the project started as an experiment, but one which has done so much to highlight the power of recycling and sustainable construction."


From construction materials and sustainable buildings to bio fuel.

Algae Panels.

In a collaboration with engineering and design group Arup, Solarleaf developed algae panels which utilise photosynthesis to produce energy and heat.

When sunlight hits the panels, filled with water and algae, photosynthesis triggers the microorganisms to multiply and give off heat. The energy from this process is then harnessed to power the building or store underground.

bobtrade, green, sustainable, materials, supplies, construction, building[Photo Credit: Interior Design]

Remarkable.

These are just a few of the amazing sustainable innovations that have excited us at Bobtrade this year. Check out some of our other blog posts and see what can be possible with a bit of creativity.

Tags: Sustainability

AUTHOR
Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.