The construction projects of the future can no longer afford to suppress nature. Instead, they must include nature. To that effect, scientists are working on construction materials made from plant-based raw materials. There are already biofuels being produced from renewable resources instead of crude oil. These stable polymers can be processed in combination with 3D printing in addition to being biodegradable and recyclable. US-based company Ecovative is also working on revolutionary developments. Its construction and design material is based on fungus. The foam-like substance is acquired from agricultural waste products such as corn stover.
The New York-based architecture firm The Living is already pursuing a project seeking to construct a tower entirely from fungal foam and compost. In a different approach, the architecture firm dlandstudio, also based in New York is envisioning gardens made of mosses and sponges. The idea behind the sponge gardens is that they will absorb filth from the environment without the use of chemicals. Initial trials have already been run in New York's Gowanus Canal. Fungi, algae and other natural materials signify both the end of mass production and the beginning of biodegradable buildings. A truly daring notion: Buildings with expiration dates.
Nevertheless, we cannot do away with high-rise buildings in the foreseeable future. They are the most effective way to deal with the lack of space in cities. If they have to be tall, then they should at least be made of biomaterial. This is likely what the two Swedish architects C.F. Møller and Dinnell Johansson thought. By 2023, they hope to construct a 34-storey high-rise building in the centre of Stockholm made entirely of wood. Fire protection should definitely play a role in this project. And they may well opt for D+H technologies.
The product managers at D+H are continually working on solutions that prepare building operators for the future. Particular focus is placed here on digital and modular systems. A smart technology that thinks for itself on matters related to fresh air supply and sound or solar shading, for instance. This is a hot topic in high-rise buildings specifically. An important advantage here is that the solutions can be worked into building designs discreetly. Just like the new CDC-0252 from D+H, which works "undercover" as a profile-integrated solution for opening and closing windows without being seen and virtually without a sound.