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

 
Christian Hauser
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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?

 
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... 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!
 
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keith hughes
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My boss is renting a robotic bricklayer so maybe these will work in it someday. 
 
Thomas Vincent
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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
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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.
 
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