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:
... 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!
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.