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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)


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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