Did you know that in the US, buildings and skyscrapers use more than 40 percent of the country’s energy? Skyscrapers are bigger power hogs than the transportation and industrial sectors. So one way to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to use different materials when constructing these skyscrapers.
Here are 4 materials that can be used when building skyscrapers that will dramatically reduce power consumption:
Replaces: Cinder blocks
How it works: Carbonated aggregates (CO2 mixed with sand, cement, and water) plus recycled materials create one of the first carbon-negative chunks of masonry.
Heat and Light – Blocking Windows
Replaces: Old-school glass
Manufacturer: Heliotrop Technologies
How it works: An electro-chromic coating lets a relatively inexpensive glass composite window adjust heat and light transfer to reduce energy consumption.
Manufacturer: Marshalls Paving
How it works: Titanium dioxide in “Noxer blocks” traps nitrogen oxides and potent greenhouse gases and converts them to water-soluble nitrates.
Replaces: Roof-mounted solar panels
How it works:Building integrated photovoltics, or BIPV, have been around since 2005, but they were not as affordable as they are today.