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Vancouver’s Smog-Consuming Olympic Village

Vancouver’s Smog-Consuming Olympic Village
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Alcoa claims that 10,000 square feet of coated aluminum can offset the pollution from four cars a day, which about the air-cleaning effects of 80 trees.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 17 may 2011

Within the construction industry, Alcoa is quickly gaining a reputation for raising the standards of sustainability. As one of the leading aluminum manufacturers world-wide, Alcoa was contracted to implement its eco-friendly Reynobond aluminum into Vancover’s Olympic Village. As an addition to their existing technology, Renobond with Ecoclean is a titanium dioxide coating applied to that same aluminum to ingest smog producing nitrogen-oxide until it is washed away by the rain.

How does it work exactly?

As a photocatalyst, titanium dioxide interacts with sunlight to break down organic matter both on and floating around the surface of the building panels, leaving the organic matter sitting on the surface of the Reynobond® panel, ready to be washed away. When it rains, water doesn’t bead on the surface. Instead, it collapses and runs evenly off the building, taking most of the broken down pollutants with it. That means lower maintenance costs for owners, and a consistently cleaner image for the building over time.

Alcoa claims that 10,000 square feet of coated aluminum can offset the pollution from four cars a day, which about the air-cleaning effects of 80 trees.

Reynobond With EcoClean

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