Research is emerging that shows green building technologies make life better. From health benefits to energy savings, new technologies are improving the experience of being at home. But what if buildings could make the air we breathe better too?
This concrete roofing tile includes an embedded catalyst in the upper portion of the roof tile that acts like the catalytic converter on your car. The catalyst speeds up oxidation in the presence of sunlight, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions. Boral says 2,000 square feet of this first-of-its-kind product covering a roof mitigates the same amount of carbon dioxide as one car driven 10,800 miles.
Concrete tiles have the benefit of being durable, recyclable and some are even Energy Star rated for efficiency. BoralPure tiles can be installed either on new homes or to replace an existing roof.
Maybe someday that roof over your head will also be the one giving you a breath of fresh air.
Note: Laura Stukel has been a champion of sustainability and won the 2012 Green Industry Advocate award from NAR’s Green REsource Council. Her post on Gen Y Buyers is in line with the reasons CRT is promoting sustainable technologies: New buyers are excited by them and want them. Thank you, Laura, for your writing, and your dedication to sustainability.
Laura Stukel is an efficiency "insider," serving in multiple industry roles to blur the lines where efficiency overlaps real estate. Her projects include convening the Green MLS/Better Buildings Roundtable in September, 2011. As outputs of that work, she is currently developing the Real Estate Transaction Standard Green MLS Implementation Guide for the National Association of Realtors, and managing a test project to automate how residential green building program data can interact with MLS data.