concrete

Green Concrete – An Update

Concrete that absorbs carbon dioxide has made slow progress but is finally hitting the market. In 2010, this publication cited more environmentally friendly concrete as one of its 10 Breakthrough…

Radically Sustainable Green Buildings.

63 Ways to Cut the Global Warming Impact of Cement

New techniques and substitutes are now available or up-and-coming to reduce the environmental impact of cement production – the third-most polluting industry in terms of greenhouse gas emissions…

Radically Sustainable Green Buildings.

London Water Tower Upcycled into Townhouse

Written by Matt Hickman, Mother Nature Network Just when I thought I had officially retired my “All along the water tower” series, along comes another eye-catching instance of a decommissioned elongated water storage container transformed into a……

Paint Recycling Picks Up Steam

There’s really no way around it. Virtually zero paint retailers offer an option to buy only as much paint as you need. That means, after your room is painted, you’re left with a few pints of paint and nothing to do with it. Luckily, latex paint is….

World’s Longest Bridge Made of Recycled Plastic

Here at Earth911, we’ve seen boats, schools and greenhouses constructed out of plastic bottles, but now plastic bottles are being recycled into a different kind of structure in the U.S. and Europe – bridges. Over in Peeblesshire, Scotland, British….

6 Tips For Green Renovation

The following is an op-ed piece by Jim Halter, vice president of construction solutions for Waste Management. It does not describe the views or opinions of Earth911. For architects, builders and suppliers, Greenbuild is like Thanksgiving, Earth Day…

Ask Pablo: Do Solar Panels Contribute To The Heat Island Effect?

Image credit: Bernd Sieker, used under Creative Commons license.

Dear Pablo: Does installing commercial rooftop solar PV (with the dark-colored PV cells) negate the effect of painting that same roof white to alleviate the “heat island” effect in citi…

Take Action: Ontario’s Proposed Mega-Quarry Could Contaminate Drinking Water for A Million People

Image: Rabble.ca. Proposed mega-quarry deeper than Niagara Falls

As Lloyd detailed in an earlier post on the enormous ecological footprint of concrete, a US-owned hedge fund is proposing a mega-quarry in Melancthon, about an hour and a half away from …

Tubohotel: Concrete Tubing Recycled Into Affordable, "All Tube" Hotel

Photos: Luis Gordoa and Tubohotel website

Here on TreeHugger we’ve already seen minimalist hotels made out of giant sections of concrete tubing. But who would have known concrete tubing could be actually made to look inviting, much less for travellers…

Is Living In A City Making You Crazy?

Taxis in New York City photo by Bonnie Hulkower

With more than 50% of the world’s population currently living in cities and 70% of the world population expected to live in a city by 2050, neurologists are starting to map out the impact of living in c…