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The folks at Ecovative Design have spun out two interesting materials, both of which are made in the buy ultram online fedex same way. According to pharmacy levitra the company’s website, the two founders “were fascinated by mushrooms growing on wood chips, and observing how the fungal mycelium strongly bonded the wood chips together.”

In other words, they make materials by growing fungus in various types of discarded agricultural waste, such as husks, hulls, and other things that are largely made out of lignin – a complex polymer that gives fibrous strength to plants. The fungus digests the lignin, resulting in a (presumably gooey or wet) mixture which can be poured into a mold and dried out in shapes.

Ecovative currently makes two products: “Greensulate” (for insulation) and “Acorn” (for packaging). The insulation seems somewhat unimpressive. The insulating capacity of a piece of insulation is viagra next day uk measured by its R-value. Greensulate has an R-value of 3, as opposed to materials such as polyurethane and polystyrene - which are bad for the environment, but have R-values of around 6 or 7.

And honestly, even if the R-value were higher, I think a lot of people would be skeptical about using an experimental material for insulation. Insulation is really important – it keeps you warm, keeps you cool and, most importantly, keeps your bills low. I’m not sure I’d want to mess around with an experimental new bio-based material.

What I often don’t care about, though, is packaging; especially when I receive items with way more of it than they require. I therefore think that Acorn is a great idea. It’s a great use for otherwise useless waste, and – unlike syrofoam – won’t stay in the ground for a millennium if you throw it away.

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smaller R-value not such a big problem
written by chris reeve, April 13, 2009
I shouldn't be so quick to discredit this material on the basis that it is new and the insulating efficiency is maybe not quite as good. If the cost is lower, which I don't see why it shouldn't be if energy and labour costs are low, then simply double the insulation thickness. They claim you only need 15% more. I do wonder though what what would happen to it if it got damp.
written by Magnulus, April 13, 2009
Yeah, my big question about all of this is also "What if it gets damp?" Because that sounds like a recipe for disaster. While it wouldn't be as much of an issue in the Acorn products, it would certainly not be good to order viagra without prescription have things growing in your walls.
Fungal roof syndrome
written by Mustafa, April 14, 2009
This material must be made biologically inert before it is installed in a dwelling. Failure to do so leaves the manufacturer open to legal action claiming compensation for health problems caused by fungal spores.

I know that the manufacturer says that the material has been treated, but has it been treated against secondary and tertiary fungal re-infestations? I doubt it very much.
Answers to your questions/concerns
written by Sam, April 14, 2009
Hi, this is Sam from Ecovative Design.

Greensulate™ has been tested for water sorption and retention after partial immersion to the specifications in ASTM C1154. After a full week partially underwater the material will absorb less than 7% of its mass and only for you levitra in australia for sale maintain structural integrity. Therefore this natural composite does not require a sealant. The agricultural byproducts, such as rice hulls, are hydrophobic which makes the material non-fickin and prevents full water absorption. The vapor transmission properties are presently being tested to ASTM E98.

Basically, it's like the levitra dose 2x4's that are in your walls. If it gets a little wet and dries out, it's fine. If you house floods and it stays soaking wet for a long time, then it will rot.

The process to produce Greensulate™ requires NO spores. At the end of our process, the fungal tissue is killed, so there is no chance of mushrooms sprouting or spores being created.

Perfect packing foam replacment
written by Todd, April 14, 2009
I'd sure like to see Acorn replacing the packing foam from one of the major PC manufacturers.

And those annoying peanuts, definately.

I'm confused by Sam's comment about the insulation material being like a 2x4. With compressive and flexural numbers of 150 and 50psi respectively, you can not tell me this material has any real structural application. It's insulation, fragile, non-structural, low R-value insualtion without even a radiant barrier built in ?

Ureathane doesn't have to be bad for the enviornment, and the better it is for the environment the better an insulator it is.

Sam, you guys should try to get some argone bubbles in your product, maybe that would help with the R-value some.
written by Laurie, April 14, 2009
We wrote about this earlier, too. Interesting post and feedback! Thanks for shedding some more light into it.

written by Sam, April 15, 2009
Todd: To clarify, I was making an analogy to wood 2x4's in terms of biodegradability. Although wood and Greensulate™ are biodegradable, they won't break down in your walls if your home is properly constructed. Greensulate™ is fairly structural, and can be used for SIP construction, but it certainly does not compare to 2x4's in terms of strength.
What we should do is;
written by Rachel, April 16, 2009
Forget about this idea, as you can see there's alot of problems with it...
But one of my main question and concern is; how will this affect the people who are allergic to fungus?

In my eyes this isn't really such a good idea, we should throw it out. Because really, 1)we shouldn't screw with new kinds of insulation 2)what happens if it get's wet? that's bad... 3)people could have a terrible allergic reactions to this new product
written by Louis, February 23, 2010
Knowing the history of canadian drugs viagra certain building materials (lead paint, asbestos etc.)it would seem prudent to online levitra india
do a great deal more testing before introducing something that we will be in such close contact for such a long time.
More testing is always prudent
written by plauale, April 09, 2010
IMO, as a structural engineer, this is very promising. All currently available insulation materials have a bad side: most eco ones (straw, wool, paper) degrade or settle, foams outgas and are toxic if burnt, fiberglass and rock wool have high embodied energy and skin/eye irritant, most urethanes use mercury as a catalyst, etc. etc.

I would still vouch for wool, slip-straw or hemp-crete depending on if it is more locally appropriate, over manufactured products especially since houses nowadays are built to be disposable and toxic. Any step in the right direction ASAP, but in a few years mycelium blocks may be more available and validated.

@Rachel: Sam's post explained there is no fungal spores only the mycelium, and yes it will probably be tested for possible allergies. I live in a average home, that grows mold in the walls due to condensation dueing the winter BECAUSE of the poor "gov't approved" insulation.
written by jenny, October 17, 2011
Forget about this idea, as you can see there's alot of problems with it...
But one of my main question and concern is; how will this affect the people who are allergic to fungus? before introducing something that we will be in such close contact for such a long time.

written by Geoffrey, August 26, 2012
I'm thinking this is a great product,.. especially as I have been trying to think of ways to make good non toxic insulation for a long time with cellulose, and this one sounds especially good. I would recommend treating it with boric acid which makes cellulose repel water as well as fighting insects and mold. If the basic material is made from wood chips treated with a fungi that binds them together, perhaps adding some lighter woods or introducing a fluffing agent into the cellulose would increase the r-value,... but I think 3 is fine especially if one can double the thickness.
written by Geoffrey, August 26, 2012
To reiterate the reasons why allergies should not be a major factor, The fungi has been killed and de-spored. Allergies to mushrooms or fungi are most evident when eaten.... One would not be in close contact with the fungi. It would be inside a wall. Since we are surrounded by millions of different kinds of fungi anyway which can grow from spores almost anywhere that temp and viagra buy humidity conditions are just right, one can hardly expect to isolate oneself from fungi. Bread, cheese, and beer are made from fungi, and topsoil has a significant amount of its weight contributed to by several thousand different species of fungi in any particular sample. so Jenny and and the other young lady may consider moving to another planet! Polyurethanes, in contrast, are extremely toxic to some people ( outgasing formaldehyde ),.. they also serve as an excellent growth medium for black mold ( which has very toxic exudates and spores, and mice and squirrels are attracted to the smell of polyU and love to eat polyU foam rubber for instance, and probably PolyU treated structural panels.
written by arun, January 06, 2014
Am thinking this type of packing materials are highly impact to the people and it makes allergic. Even though the cost is lower, this cannot be used to shipping the generic propecia for sale commodity goods.

written by James, February 17, 2014
However before shipping it should be examined properly when it is used to insulate commodity products.

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