Growing Bricks with Bacteria

BioMASON’s technology combines microorganisms with locally available materials to produce bricks in just a few days, and with a smaller environmental impact.

BioMASON’s technology injects sand with microorganisms at ambient temperatures to grow bio-cement-based construction materials. BioMASON mimics the production of coral reefs by using energy from microorganisms and nutrient water to grow bricks in a matter of days. Traditional clay bricks are fired for three to four days to harden them. Without the need for firing, bioMASON’s technology yields energy savings and eliminates the cost of fossil fuels used for firing.
BioMASON bricks can be produced on-site, using locally available materials, and the company will license its technology to local contractors to grow the bricks themselves. The bricks are certified and tested to be as strong and long lasting as conventional bricks.

Relevance of solution

Each year approximately 1.5 trillion bricks are produced worldwide.1 Traditional clay brick manufacturing utilizes a firing process that consumes fossil fuel, and is responsible for approximately 800 million tons of global CO2 emissions every year. Using bioMASON bricks eliminates the need for fossil fuels for firing and thereby drastically reduces the carbon footprint for construction.

Triple Bottom Line

Environmental

Switching to bioMASON bricks can reduce emissions from the brick and cement industries currently responsible for more than 6% of global emissions of CO2.2

Social

By eliminating the use of fossil fuels, the health effects of pollution are also reduced.

Economic

BioMASON eliminates the need for fuel forfiring, which accountsfor 23% of the cost of manufacturing bricks, according to the company.


Sources

  1. Baum, E. “Present Status of Brick Production in Asia.” (2012.)
  2. Imbabi et al in International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment. “Trends and Developments in Green Cement and Concrete Technology.” (2015.)