New building material lets in light but keeps out cold

Tuesday, 10 May, 2016
The EU-funded BrightWall project has created a translucent concrete wall that allows in natural lighting without the associated loss of heat. This could help Europe cut its electricity usage to save money, conserve the environment and strengthen the economy.

Electric lights ensure Europe’s cities glisten and sparkle, with architectural wonders lit up for all to see . The downside to this permanent glow is the energy that the cities’ buildings consume. Construction materials, such as glass, regular concrete and steel, mean that buildings need heating, air conditioning and lighting.

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Article in Horizon Magazine

Development of an innovative translucent concrete sandwich panel with dynamic control of light transmission
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