There are any number of measures out there today to help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. But ever heard of a smog-eating, self-cleaning building? Sounds intriguing. US-based Aluminium company Alcoa has just unveiled its oil-coated architectural panel that it says could revolutionise sustainable building solutions.

Industrial design

It is named after the deities of Greek mythology and is referred to as the “space age metal” – and industry experts are predicting it could kick the New Zealand economy into a higher gear. Say hello to titanium