Kevin Surace invents eco-friendly drywall Kevin Surace suggests we rethink basic construction materials — such as the familiar wallboard — to reduce the huge carbon footprint generated by the manufacturing and construction of our buildings. He introduces EcoRock, a clean, recyclable and energy-efficient drywall created by his team at Serious Materials.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at http Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at

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  1. #1 by JamesTheTank at June 14th, 2009

    Price comparison?

  2. #2 by IslandHermit at June 15th, 2009

    According to their web-site it sells for the same price as gypsum drywall.

  3. #3 by david0aloha at June 15th, 2009

    No, I disagree that all norms come from government. Behavioural norms and influences are pervasive through out our culture, stemming not just from government, but from media, advertising, community, culture/tradition, environment, etc.

    The thing about most free market economic theories is that they are based upon perfect rationality. People are not perfectly rational by any means, and TED has a great video by Dan Ariely where he explains why he thinks people are mostly irrational.

  4. #4 by david0aloha at June 15th, 2009

    For the most part I think you’re right on the innovation bit, but sometimes people need a little nudging or extra support to make it happen. For example, one of the consequences of our system is that research into areas such as nutrition from natural sources has been grossly underfunded compared to pharmaceutical development (with evidence pointing to the fact that many of our current common “diseases” that pharmaceuticals are made to treat being nutrition/lifestyle based).

  5. #5 by ArxVirtus at June 15th, 2009

    They built the factory in China. He said they did that because “we don’t build this production equipment any longer in the US.”

    I know of several Industrial OEMs that build custom equipment and even worked for one. I wonder if this is just his way of justifying cheap China labor.

  6. #6 by ArxVirtus at June 15th, 2009

    How much pollution is generated shipping this stuff from China to the US?

  7. #7 by marjan15 at June 15th, 2009

    This was not a lecture, it was cheap ad.

  8. #8 by roidroid at June 16th, 2009

    This new drywall tech could go well with the new carbon-NEGATIVE Concretes like that from companies like NovaChem, Calera, and Carbon Sense Solutions.

    “Normally cement adds a net 0.4 tons of CO2 per ton of cement, but this new cement would remove 0.6 tons of CO2 from the air”

    Use it all together and we can build all future buildings so that they actually absorb carbon, and end up carbon negative.

  9. #9 by BayerLexan at June 16th, 2009

    You’re not supposed to think about that. Sshhh!

    Thought this is a good point, water transport is the most efficient method for mass shipment available. The problem is our (USA) heavy reliance on trucking products instead of trying to improve railway delivery.

  10. #10 by lilp3t3rr at June 16th, 2009

    he talksa fst =P

  11. #11 by lilp3t3rr at June 16th, 2009

    lols yeah =]

  12. #12 by littleoutrage at June 17th, 2009

    Not a lecture, a cheap ad, but for a solid product.

  13. #13 by ArxVirtus at June 17th, 2009

    Yeah..just like a snake oil salesman. He’s a typical flim-flam man.

    Going to China for cheap labor and little regulation, then moving the product by ship across the Pacific.

  14. #14 by Paulluuk at June 18th, 2009

    Don’t listen to naysayers? Yeah, that’s very convincing.

  15. #15 by dmix09 at June 21st, 2009

    i hope your windows are better quality than Vista.. i don’t want my house to crash lol

  16. #16 by afthefragile at June 22nd, 2009

    Thats why he’s building production plants in america i guess…!

  17. #17 by metalheadproduction at June 23rd, 2009

    was the bill gates thing a joke?

  18. #18 by sarahbarnarddesign at June 23rd, 2009

    I find this product very interesting but I think we need a LOT more information…manufacturing in China always seems like a bad idea to me.

  19. #19 by BayerLexan at June 23rd, 2009

    I didn’t catch that in the video.

  20. #20 by afthefragile at June 23rd, 2009

    when he spoke about creating green collar jobs…

  21. #21 by FlameBlazers at July 15th, 2009

    What is that horrible piece of “music” at the end!? It’s unbelievable irritating to even listen to accidentally! White noise is better than that

  22. #22 by HPaillet at July 24th, 2009

    The CO2 thing is non issue to me but in terms of environmental damage this drywall is truely helpful.

  23. #23 by HPaillet at July 24th, 2009

    yes he talks about CO2 but what about the Chinese coal plant that comes on line everyday, and CO2 to ship it across the Pacific. I want American drywall!

  24. #24 by pookiehohn at August 26th, 2009

    I don’t get the end music thing…

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