Feb. 13, 2015 – How about 3-D printed bricks for cooling?

I ran into a novel idea that peaked my interest and I thought you might appreciate it, too. The “Cool Brick” is developed by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello as a masonry block and an alternative (or supplement to) air conditioning. They use a 3-D printer to lay up clay mixed with organic matter. When the brick is fired, the organic matter burns off leaving little micropores. As you pour or spray water onto the surface, these holes suck up and hold water through capillary action. It is then ready to act as an evaporative cooler. They have not yet built a full prototype building to prove the concept and there are many details to work out but, the idea is certainly intriguing.

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Don Hammer
Realty Executives Fine Properties