MonierLifetile releases Auranox Smog Eating Roof Tiles
MonierLifetile Auranox smog eating roof tiles neutralize Nitrogen Oxide when tiles interact with sunlight
A prototype home unveiled by KB Home this summer in Lancaster, California is getting some attention lately for its unusual smog eating roof tiles. Developed by MonierLifetile, the concrete smog eating roof tiles, which the company named Auranox, actually neutralize nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the air. Nitrogen oxide is one of the pollutants produced by vehicle exhaust.
MonierLifetile's Auranox roof tiles are treated with titanium dioxide, a compound that neutralizes nitrogen oxide when the roof tiles interact with sunlight. The remaining organic nitrate washes off the roof when it rains, and helps plants grow. In addition, Auranox roof tiles destroy all organic substances that come into contact with the surface of the tiles, such as algae and organic dirt. MonierLifetile claims that a 2,000 foot roof covered in its smog eating roof tiles neutralizes the same amount of nitrogen oxide as is generated when a car is driven 10,800 miles.
KB Home is the first U.S. company to use MonierLifetile's Auranox roof tile. Auranox is reported to be quite costly, a factor that may be impeding its wide implementation. Smog eating roof tiles and wall panels, however, have been installed in other countries. It remains to be seen if MonierLifetile's Auranox will catch on in the United States, or if the KB Home prototype will remain the only example of the use of these smog eating roof tiles in this country.