A team of scientists has developed a new building material that could revolutionize the construction sector. Material scientists from Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) and the Slovak University of Technology have developed glass bricks, a material that stands out for its insulation abilities.
Glass bricks will save costs in the construction sector
The bricks are made from silica aerogel granules, creating a translucent material with thermal insulation properties. Thanks to these features, it will be possible to reduce lighting and heating costs in constructions.
Aero-gel glass bricks will not only enhance visual comfort but also help save on heating costs by increasing sunlight and reducing the use of artificial lighting. Empa researcher Jannis Wernery and his team state that the new material will enable various applications in the construction sector.
Especially suitable for spaces requiring high daylight penetration like offices, libraries, and museums, this construction material also provides glare protection and privacy. Aero-gel, known for its lightness and insulation properties, is used in various applications, including space technology.
Increased areas of application
Researchers express high hopes for the direct use of this material in construction. This development can be seen as a significant step towards increasing the use of environmentally friendly and energy-efficient materials in the construction sector.
In the future, with the broader use of glass bricks and similar innovative materials, significant improvements in sustainability and efficiency can be achieved in the construction industry. Such innovations can transform industry standards, providing positive environmental and economic effects.
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