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Heriot Watt University Scientists Develop Recycled Bricks

Infra News - Published on Fri, 17 Jan 2020

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Scientists at Heriot Watt University in Scotland have developed the world’s first building brick that’s made from 90% recycled construction and demolition waste. After testing the K-Briq is going into commercial production in Scotland after a deal with Hamilton Waste & Recycling to produce the K-Briq at its recycling site. The product, which is stronger and lighter than traditional kiln-fired bricks, is being produced by the University’s cleantech spin-out company Kenoteq. It is produced from concrete, brick and plasterboard waste combined with a secret binder and compressed to size without firing. The K-Briq produces just a tenth of the CO2 emissions of a traditional fired brick, uses less than a tenth of the energy in its manufacture and can be made in any colour.

Professor Gabriela Medero, who conceived the idea of the K-Briq more than 10 years ago, said “The K-Briq looks like a normal brick, behaves like a clay brick but offers better insulation properties. It is sustainable and not kiln-fired so it is far better for the environment and represents massive savings for the construction industry in terms of related taxes.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 17 Jan 2020
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