Each week we take a closer look at a well-read topic. We hold recent developments up to the light, looking at both the advantages and disadvantages. This week: Biobased building.
For a more sustainable economy and to combat pollution researchers at TU Graz are developing bio-based, green alternatives to fossil raw materials.
Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich have developed a process for wood that generates electrical voltage when pressure is applied to it, thereby acting as a bio-sensor or generating energy.
Municipalities can use a tool to determine whether or not new buildings in certain urban areas should be constructed using timber.
Further research work will however be necessary until industrial application is possible, for example as a composite in lightweight construction.
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