While analysts continue to argue about whether or not the dip in housing sales in the first two months of 2014 is weather-related or not, it might be helpful to step back and take a look at the last few years to gain some perspective about where the market may be heading.
Innovative materials could transform the future of sustainable building
Bacteria-infused concrete, hybrid bricks among results of product design challenge
Innovative bio-based building products could become standard for green building. The Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge’s goal is to foster products that can be created from safe materials that are built with renewable energy and are completely reusable. Recent winners include a brick made from bacterial byproducts that cement sand particles together in a matrix that's strong enough to use for homes, and insulation created from agricultural waste products that can grow within a wall. Another product in the works is bacteria-infused concrete that reportedly fills in holes and cracks in the concrete, making it last longer and reducing maintenance costs.
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