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Save Water Bricks — Orthogonal Paradigm

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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Save Water Bricks

eco-friendly-brick-designThe concept behind Save Water Bricks is pretty cool. They want to use the waste leaves and waste plastics that are thrown away each year, to create bricks that absorb and channel water. The designers Jin-Young Yoon and Jeongwoong Kwon from Korea, realized in their country that some 20tons of leaves are burned each year releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. So they came up with a way to recycle those leaves and use plastic which is already recycled to produce a product that helps the environment in two ways. Either by the nature of the components or by design, they found that their product could absorb and direct water. This feature, I am sure will have them added to the LEED hotlist of products.

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savewater2A few of my concerns:

  • How does this brick compare to the common brick structurally?
  • How much water will it absorb before it starts to channel it?
  • How durable is it?
  • Would this be better compared to stucco than brick?

Either way, I think this is a great idea but as a practical replacement for brick not so much. I think it will fall in the middle where it will be used on projects that want the look of brick but do not need it for structure. I.E. Atlantic  Station in Atlanta, GA which has faux painted stucco bricks. What do you think about the Save Water Bricks? Leave your comments below.

Source: IIDA via Yanko Designs

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