To mark World Green Building Week edit.net has published an article rounding up some of the most innovative solutions available to help improve sustainability across the built environment. From a platform designed to assist architects in estimating the whole life carbon emissions of a planned building, to net zero carbon, and even carbon negative buildings, it makes for an interesting read.
Perhaps my favourite from the list though is the thoroughly innovative celour paint. Cement currently accounts for 1.5% of CO2 emissions in the UK, with this figure predicted to rise. However, celour paint is produced from waste concrete powder and, through the mineral carbonisation process, actually absorbs carbon emissions, turning cement residue (which is usually buried in landfill) into a paint capable of sequestering CO2. Amazing!
"Although the making of cement produces huge amounts of carbon emissions, studies show that cement actually absorbs around 43% of this over its lifetime through the mineral carbonation process."