Self-Healing Houses: Coming to a suburb near you


Natural disasters leave architecture in ruins, causing millions upon millions of dollars in damages. On a Greek mountainside, plans are under way in creating a self-healing house made of nano polymer particles. These particles, when applied under pressure during an earthquake, will flow into cracks and harden to form solid material, which would greatly decrease the chance of a collapse or building damage.

The house will also sport unique load-bearing steel frames, wireless, battery-less sensors and RFID tags to collect data about vibrations, stresses, temperatures and humidity levels. The designers hope to save people not only millions of dollars, but their lives as well. — Andrew Dobrow

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