Exotic Concrete Tile by Nick Gelpi Studio

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Developed by Nick Gelpi Design, Exotic Concrete is an innovative new type of wood-based concrete material with the potential to improve building performance. The Exotic Concrete is made by transforming the wood from the Melaleuca Quinquenervia tree found in Florida’s Everglades National Park. The tree, imported from Australia to drain swampy areas, has become highly invasive and is now threatening the sensitive ecosystem of the Everglades. Continue reading

Elemix Concrete Additive from Syntheon Inc

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The Elemix concrete additive from Syntheon is made of engineered lightweight synthetic particles that disperse evenly throughout a concrete mix. The particles replace the volume and weight from normal and lightweight aggregate to create mid to lightweight structural concrete. Recent studies have shown that Elemix improves resistance to cracking and fire as well as adding durability to freeze-thaw. Continue reading

fibreC Cladding In African Colors from Rieder

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fibreC,  which is also referred to “concrete skin” from Rieder,  has won many international architectural awards.  The product is a concrete panel reinforced with fiberglass that results in a high-strength, thin, flexible, light-weight and mold-able concrete material.  The concrete matrix is manufactured with only high-grade pure minerals and integral iron oxide colors.  Continue reading

Insulated Structural Wall System from Omni Block

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Omni Block is a sustainable, insulated “stand-alone” structural wall system that is energy efficient and easy-to-install. The block is a patented insulated cementitious masonry unit combining the benefits of indigenous aggregates and Expanded Polystyrene. It does not require furring strips, additional insulation, or sheet rock to complete the wall, even though numerous finishes may be added for aesthetic purposes. Continue reading

Fibre Cement Sheeting from Marley Eternit


Fibre cement Profiled Sheeting from Marley Eternit covers a wide variety of sectors from commercial and residential to agricultural. Buildings located near coastal locations pose a number of special challenges as faced by Sens Architects when they were commissioned to renovate a 1940’s bungalow on the Hampshire coast.They selected the Profile 3 sheeting for its ease of handling and suitability for small structures. The sheeting is completely weatherproof, reduces condensation, does not rot, has excellent thermal insulation and acoustic properties and is highly cost effective.  Continue reading