26 Feb 2010 03:02:03
Eco-homes made from patented recycling process
A new material durable enough for building homes has been created from everyday recycled materials.
The Welsh company Affresol is planning to launch its range of eco-homes and modular portable buildings, from the material Thermo Poly Rock (TPR) which has been described as lighter than concrete, waterproof, fire retardant and in possession of excellent natural insulation abilities.
TPR is made from recycled plastics and minerals in a patented low energy cold process which "converts the plastics into a very strong structural element."
The first detached show home from the company is currently on display in its factory, after two years of development of the material in conjunction with Cardiff and Glamorgan universities, the Building Research Establishment and the Carbon Trust.
According to the company, each house consists of around 18 tonnes of recycled waste plastic that would have otherwise ended up in landfill.
One of its first commissions is from the heating and water systems firm Worcester Bosch. Its modular building will be made from plastic recovered by the company from recycled boilers. http://tinyurl.com/ybuowpz