31 Jan 2014

Growing bricks from bacteria

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The bricks of your homes may soon be grown in a mold rather than baked in a kiln.

At least, that is what the winner of the recent Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, bioMASON, is looking to achieve with the biobrick.

Employing natural microorganisms and chemical processes to manufacture biological cement-based masonry building materials, the biobrick is made from bacterial byproducts that cement sand particles together in a matrix strong enough to use for home construction.

All of the materials used in the production of biobricks are globally abundant, and can be extracted from various waste streams, such as urea and common bacteria grown with yeast and salt extracts.

Made in ambient temperatures, the cementation process takes about five days to form, with the resulting product comparable in terms of cost and quality to traditional masonry bricks. check full article at: http://www.bpn.com.au/news/growing-bricks-from-bacteria-biobricks-by-biomason?utm_source=Cirrus+Media+Newsletters&utm_campaign=e290f91be1-fe913f1856_57557&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe913f1856-e290f91be1-59535205