Scottish Startup Creates Brick Made Almost Entirely Of Construction Waste

By: | July 22nd, 2020

Image courtesy: Kenoteq

Scientists at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have developed the world’s first sustainable building brick. These eco-friendly bricks are made up of 90% recycled construction and demolition waste.

These environmentally friendly bricks generate just one-tenth the carbon emissions of regular brick

Traditional clay bricks are fired up in a kiln at high temperatures. They’re heated to about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and are usually heated up using fossil fuels.

However, K-Briqs, by Scottish startup Kenoteq does not require to be heated up in a kiln. As a result, manufacturing a K-Briq only produces one-tenth of the carbon pollution of traditional brick.

Here are some of the features of K-Briq:

  • K-Briqs are stronger and lighter than traditional kiln-fired bricks.
  • It is produced using demolition waste like concrete, brick and plasterboard. These materials are combined with a secret binder and compressed into customized molds without firing.
  • It can be produced in any colour.
  • Although K-Briq looks like a traditional brick, weighs the same, but it offers better insulation properties.

Chief scientific officer Gabriela Medero, said, “Architects and designers, they get really excited because they can be adopting a building material that is sustainable, is as durable as what they are used to using, but they can be very creative and can produce very exciting different new designs with all the colors that we can produce,”

Image courtesy: Kenoteq

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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