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Eco Friendly materials // ELSTAR / BIPV



Russian scientists from Podolsk have developed a unique building  material «ELSTAR» – electrostabilized papercrete. It combines structural advantages of concrete with the environmental-friendliness of wood. Big pluses of this material are ecological compatibility, available consumables and low price. «ELSTAR» is produced from crushed wood waste that gets soaked in water, processed with special solutions and tools and then mixed with cementing substance so a ready piece of construction is fabricated. Each piece is processed with electricity for 50 minutes so it becomes very strong. This product can be used for the construction of any building. «ELSTAR» has less weight than a brick, so lightweight foundation can be used. Another important advantage of the new product is its low thermal conductivity (a 30 cm thick wall of  «ELSTAR» is equal to the thickness of five bricks – 125 cm) and this reduces costs for heating of premises.


bipv.jpegBuilding-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope such as the roof, skylights, or facades. They are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of new buildings as a principal or ancillary source of electrical power, although existing buildings may be retrofitted with BIPV modules as well. The advantage of integrated photovoltaics over more common non-integrated systems is that the initial cost can be offset by reducing the amount spent on building materials and labor that would normally be used to construct the part of the building that the BIPV modules replace. These advantages make BIPV one of the fastest growing segments of the photovoltaic industry.

*info from and Wikipedia

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Razzmatazz – Dancing Energy



Works 100% on artificial ventilation since all the windows are sealed in order to keep the sound inside to avoid sound pollution.                                                                    Strategy: Reduce the usage of artificial ventilation


Consist on introducing ultra-fine water droplets into the atmosphere so they can quickly absorb the energy present in the environment and boil off (evaporate). The energy (heat) that is used to produce this state, change from liquid to gas, is eliminated from the atmosphere, hence the air is called by the process called evaporative cooling.

Energy Generation:

The concentration of people dancing creates an energy that should be considered.                                                                                                                                                   Strategy: Generate energy with the dance floor.

Material Cycle:

One night with full attendance will use 3750 plastic glasses that are thrown to the garbage.                                                                                                                                    Strategy: Alternative materials for glasses.


The current incandescent-lighting system produces more heat than lighting. Creating more energy consumption on ventilation system.                                                       Strategy: Alternative ways for lighting.

The new proposal for the Razzmatazz promotes the creation of opened holes at the roof of the “salas”. By doing so air keeps moving from the bottom to the top, the water drops with the heat turn into vapor and then go out with the air. This system will work in a big space like razzmatazz’s dancing room because the air can moves quickly inside.

Lots of factories in China are using this system in the interior instead of A/C systems, it is cheap and effective. It was also used at Shanghai expo 2010.

The A/C system is a filter for vapor, it inhales the vapor and disposes of the water sending filtrated dry air out. That is why people feel dry in small rooms with the A/C system on.

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