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Transparent Wood More Resilient Than Glass

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Source: Sourceable.net

A new study out of North America shows that transparent wood is a better choice than traditional glass when compared in a number of performance metrics.

Transparent wood allows for energy efficient windows that provides more uniform and soft lighting.

Optically transparent wood was developed by researchers at Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology.

The product lends itself better to mass production and may be a viable alternative for glass in windows and solar panels.

Researchers extracted the lignin from natural wood, which made it white in colour. A polymer was added to increase the optical transparency of the wood.

Researchers have found the new material is better for thermal insulation and to reduce energy efficiency of buildings.

Glass Shortage Dramatically Slowing Down US Building Construction

When the recession hit the US in 2008 the construction industry was badly hit which resulted in the closure of at least 11 glass factories. When construction rebounded recently and began to boom, a serious glass shortage became evident.

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Architects and developers in the US are concerned about the shortage of glass for construction projects. And according to a post on Gizmodo.com.au there aren’t enough building products for skyscrapers and condos which are making up a large percentage of the construction projects in The US.

In fact the shortage is so serious that one real estate developer has opened their own glass manufacturing business – that’s one way to address a shortage.

Source: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/09/theres-a-glass-shortage-and-its-dramatically-slowing-down-building-construction/