New tile design can help mitigate flood

Tredje Natur’s modular tiles have holes and inner tunnel systems that direct water flow out of the streets.

February 02, 2017

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Tredje Natur’s modular tiles have holes and inner tunnel systems that direct water flow out of the streets.

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With climate change being a concern worldwide, a Denmark-based architecture studio, Tredje Natur, has come up with a solution in the form of a floor tile that can help lessen flooding in cities.

Called Climate Tile, the new design is modular and features holes and small inner tunnellike passageways that can collect rainwater and direct the flow to another area, a place that needs irrigation. This solution reduces burden on existing drainage systems and at the same time puts rainwater into good use. The designer is also planning to add smart water sensors that can analyze data. In addition, the tile does not compromise aesthetics for it comes in styles that can be used for various surroundings.

The tile is set to be tested in Copenhagen in Denmark this year, and will arrive to the market in 2018. Initiatives in product development like this show that floor tiles are starting to adapt to the changing environment. Manufacturers are looking into making their designs not only stylish but more functional.

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