Bricks grown from bacteria to cut carbon emissions

Discussion in 'Architecture & Engineering' started by Plazma Inferno!, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

    BioMason is a North Carolina startup company that manufactures bricks without heat or clay. About 8% of global carbon emissions come from making bricks, according to the company’s co-founder, Ginger Krieg Dosier, citing information from the EPA. The BioMason process not only creates no carbon emissions, it even re-uses the water needed to make its bricks.
    Founded in 2012 by Dosier and her husband, Michael, the building-materials company grows bricks and masonry from scratch without the need for any heat. While traditional brick making requires heating clay in kilns at 2,000 degrees for several days — which releases massive amounts of carbon emissions into the atmosphere — BioMason injects sand with microorganisms to initiate a process like the one that creates coral. The technique takes four days. Once completed, the bricks are strong enough for use in houses, commercial buildings, and other structures.

    Indian scientists also published their work about bio cement few months ago:
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  3. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    As I understand it, they already use mushrooms to form moldings for cars.

    They seed mushrooms in a mold and the mushroom grows until it fills the entire mold, at which time it is removed and coated with a hardening substance. The result is indistinguishable from plastic forms.
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