I just dropped the price of
the permaculture playing cards
for a wee bit.



uses include:
- infecting brains with permaculture
- convincing folks that you are not crazy
- gift giving obligations
- stocking stuffer
- gambling distraction
- an hour or two of reading
- find the needle
- find the 26 hidden names


  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Anybody know much about BioMason's bacteria-grown bricks?  RSS feed

Christian Hauser
Posts: 4
Location: Texas
trees woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Basically, architect/engineer who came up with an artificially-grown coral reef material that's ready in the same timeframe as firing bricks—but without the 2,000-degree heat. Investors throwing money at him. Supposed to hit the market this year:

inc.com profile (Jan 2016)

CleanTechnica article (Feb 2016)

Was surprised not to find a discussion yet on permies, given how sharp I've seen Paul & the community be in considering the embodied energy of building materials.

Is brick a bad material overall? Would you use brick grown in a lab with "zero emissions" from recycled fiber?

William Bronson
Posts: 1540
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio,Price Hill 45205
forest garden trees urban
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
... THAT is super cool!
I wonder how big they can grow it?
What can be used as nutrients for the bactiria? Sewage?
What about composites? Maybe with basalt fibers?
I can't help but imagine a huge ocean going "island" grown from this.
Or food safe containers that double as building blocks.
No reuse or recycle, no problem. It's like dumping rocks,no glass shards,but be certain to break them,don't want to promote mosquito breeding!
Imagine tubs,toilets,sinks, floor tile, overpasses...

Hope to see this in my lifetime. Reminds me of the mycilium packaging/ insulation product.
Either one might lend themselves to use with 3d printed molds.
Biobrick bottle walls insulated with mycilium FTW!
Trish Dallas
Posts: 88
Location: Dallas, TX, zone 8a
food preservation forest garden urban
keith hughes
Posts: 33
Location: futurity, Colorado
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
My boss is renting a robotic bricklayer so maybe these will work in it someday. 
Thomas Vincent
Posts: 14
Location: Pacific Northwest
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This seems like a very cool idea. However, in keeping with the Permies theme of sustainability, I wonder....

Will this idea be open sourced, I.e. Freely Available to third world countries with sand and urea but no money?
Or will it require expensive machinery and proprietary bacteria formulas?
Zandra Lily
Posts: 6
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
There are a lot of toxins in recycling materials made with toxic materials....the only permaculture worthy solutions I have found are the Plasma2Energy machine that actually transforms these toxic materials. As far as bricks go if you are going to go that route you may as well use hempcreate with a 3D printer that pours a home in a day. Cob is much more sustainable and clean as well.
Skool. Stay in. Smartness. Tiny ad:
Mike Oehler's Low-Cost Underground House Workshop & Survival Shelter Seminar - 3 DVD+2 Books Deal
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!