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The coarser picón aggregate, which is lighter than gravel, is used in the production of mortar and concrete, which are used in the manufacture of picón blocks (that replace ceramic bricks), sub-floors, textured wall finishing, light cement, pervious concrete, etc…
Only 1% of all steel manufactured is lost to landfills. The world's most recycled building material is reused again and again to build all kinds of structures. We can save resources, costs and energy by reusing steel, glass and concrete. While human civilization has been striving for centuries to build ever more colossal structures, such as skyscrapers, it is now seeking ways to give their components a second life.
Mercedes del Río Merino is an expert in designing new construction materials that incorporate circular economy criteria. It could be said that she has experimented with nearly everything to achieve a single goal: to create increasingly sustainable building materials.
The smart fabric revolution has a new player: fungi. Their ability to detect a variety of stimuli—chemical, mechanical and electrical—makes them potentially key components for monitoring the environment in a new generation of wearable devices. And these properties have already proven effective in the construction industry.