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This Week in Tech: An Israeli Startup Aims to Revolutionize Upcycling

Plus, a new tool to help architects reduce the embodied carbon of their projects, updates from Greenbuild and Autodesk University, an energy-efficiency report card for buildings in New York City, and much more design-tech news from this week.

The Washington Post recently profiled UBQ Materials, an Israeli startup that has developed a technology to upcycle trash—of many forms—into raw materials. While UBQ executives were tight-lipped on the actual science behind its process, the company can melt down plastic and organic waste into “a homogeneous substance strengthened by fibers in the organic ingredients.” That mixture is then dried, shredded, and ultimately made into “a thermoplastic, composite, bio-based, sustainable, climate-positive material,” which can serve as raw material for other products, from pen holders to composite bricks. “The magic that we’re doing is we’re taking everything—the chicken bones, the banana peels,” said chief executive Jack “Tato” Bigio in the article. “We take this waste, and we convert it.” Located on a kibbutz in Israel, the factory can currently produce between 5,000 and 7,000 tons of the UBQ material annually. [Washington Post]In a collaboration with global construction company Skanska, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched Insight, a digital tool that highlights project design features and strategies that can help architects improve building performance. “Insight can compare your project team’s aspirations for energy, water and waste savings with results from similar buildings in your region, which allows you to visualize how the performance of your project stacks up to other buildings like yours and will help you make informed decisions about practical and achievable sustainability strategies,” said Skanska chief sustainability officer Beth Heider, FAIA, in a press release. [USGBC]

Courtesy Signify
Courtesy Signify

Signify has launched several custom, 3D printed luminaires for professionals and consumers on a commercial scale. The company also announced a a newly opened 3D printing facility in the Netherlands, with additional 3D printing facilities due to open in the U.S., India, and Indonesia next year. [Architectural Lighting]

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