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Clean by Concrete: Use of Photocatalytic Concrete enables Buildings to be Passive Environmental Remediators

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Architecture, Department of Art, Architecture and Design, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, 18015, PA, USA
  • 2 Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental, Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, 18015, PA, USA

Res. J. Engineering Sci., Volume 4, Issue (8), Pages 1-8, August,26 (2015)

Abstract

It is assumed today that buildings should contribute positively towards energy and environmental sustainability. However, few buildings aim to remediate the environment and even fewer aim to do so with passive non-mechanical means. Emerging research in photocatalytic architectural concrete has drawn a renewed attention to the role that building facades can play in contributing toward the profession’s sustainable goals while improving value. We will report on the work carried out by a team comprised of faculty from Architecture and Environmental engineering that incorporates environmentally derived design and innovative photocatalytic concrete into the design of a panelized concrete façade.

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