Terraform Earth

Insulating Mushrooms!

Gavin McIntyre, and Eben Bayer invented Greensulate in 2006 when they were seniors at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

It’s organic, biodegradeable and the ingredients are simple: water, flour, oyster mushroom spores and perlite.

It is also highly fire-resistant, especially compared to your typical foam insulation

They are currently testing to make sure that mold does not grow even when saturated with water.

“The insulation is created by pouring a mixture of insulating particles, hydrogen peroxide, starch, and water into a panel mold. Mushroom cells are then injected into the mold, where they digest the starch producing a tightly meshed network of insulating particles and mycelium. The end result is an organic composite board that has a competitive R-Value a measurement of resistance to heat flow and can serve as a firewall.”

via ecofriend.org


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