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Growing the Way to Building Green

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jan 24, 2014 2:53:00 PM

Over the past few months, we have brought biology and chemistry to building construction. From algae that generates energy in tanks (Bio-Building 09/26/2013) to building products such as insulation and bricks that grow (Ten Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Finalists 09/16/2013) to concrete that eats smog.

An article in Forbes, reported on winners of the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge.

Biomason, which makes a bio-brick which we shared in September in our story about the contest (the product was one of our faves), won the first place prize of $125,000. Bricks are cemented with a bacteria that grows to fuse materials together rather than fired as traditional bricks are.

Another of our faves Ecovative Design makes a mushroom-like insulation. Ecovative’s insulation took the second place prize of $75,000. Both of these products make homes seem more like plants that maybe grow to shelter us, like something out of a fairy tale. These are products rescued from mere imagination and made into prize-winning reality.

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