Egyptian Upcycled Chairs are Created with "Plastex," Made From Plastic Bags

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 11, 2016 3:10:26 AM

The company achieves higher quality products by first melting down the bags and creating the plastic material, then using it to build products.

The company backgrounder describes the idea's genesis:

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Urban Design that Discourages Wasteful Travel

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 10, 2016 4:22:13 PM

Tips for developers to convince potential residents to leave the car behind.

Communities located close to a variety of transportation options are on the rise, and some developers are even creating completely car-free communities. While many people would gladly say goodbye to car payments and high maintenance costs associated with car ownership, others would be less likely to leave the car behind. However, there are effective ways developers can reach potential residents and convey the benefits of living without a car.

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Sustainable Innovation: Sealed Paper Packaging

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 3, 2016 4:01:11 PM

Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs have developed the world´s first Sealed Paper Packaging.

Instead of using polymer film, a new solution enables production of dust-tight packaging for dry products such as sugar, grains, flour or powders using sustainable mono-material paper, which contains no additional polymer fractions.

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Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction Projects Receive Development Grants

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 4, 2016 1:28:17 PM

Architects and builders are looking to wood as a sustainable alternative for mid-rise construction.

THE COUNTY'S FIRST mid-rise wood frame construction projects will soon be going up, one on each coast. These buildings will rely on mass timber construction, a category that includes engineered beams, or glulams, and the less familiar cross-laminated timber panels.

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Video: Humblefacture Manufacturing Offers Less Destructive Approach to Production

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 28, 2016 11:49:31 AM

The process of Humblefacture allows the manufacture of sophisticated products on a local basis, and respond to what people want quickly. The goal is to create products at a lower energy cost than current models. Examples include companies that allow buyers to assemble bicycles they buy, reducing up front cost and need for large factories. "In the end, it's also a lot cooler, because you built it," says Dominic Muren, speaking at the Maryland Institute of Art (MICA). One of the solutions mentioned is 3-D printing. As discussed in a previous article, we also see manufacturing heading toward local production, as 3-D printing becomes more affordable and expandable.

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