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As it grows colder and darker things can quickly become uncomfortable, particularly in older houses. Crumbling plaster means saying ‘goodbye’ to cozy.

To date producing materials for renovation and renovation work itself has proved costly and too often harmful for the environment.

Now a research team from Bavaria has developed a recyclable insulating material that is not only oil-free, but produces 30% less CO2 during manufacture.

A mineral, powder-style base mixture made from small glass spheres helps to produce a sprayable mousse-like mortar substance that can be used as a plaster substitute.

The material’s highly porous film lends it special insulating qualities. Money-wise, it’s said to be more than a match for Styrofoam panels.

Renovation ginned up fizzy.

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