New, Greener Building Materials

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The manufacturing of drywall and cement are some of those building products that release significant amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. But one company, Serious Materials, has come up with a viable alternative to baking gypsum to make drywall, in which chemicals are placed into a mold and then congealed into drywall (sounds interesting).

Kudos to the company for taking additional initiatives by planning to power its first factory with solar power. The new product, called EcoRock, will be commercially available next year, and it won’t cost prohibitively more than conventional drywall.

Another company, CalStar Cement, is planning to provide high-quality cement that requires far less energy than conventional cement, in an effort to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the air. Cement is responsible for about 5% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Source: CNET News: drywall article; cement article

Tag(s): Energy, Going Green, Green Building, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming

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