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Bacteria could help build eco-friendly construction materials

The University of Bath writes in Tech Xplore about how bacteria could help to build eco-friendly construction materials.

The C3 Take
  • A startup in the UK called Adaptavate is using compostable crop waste rather than gypsum to produce plasterboard.
  • Gypsum is widely used in home building and accounts for 3% of the UK’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Adaptavate is showing that markets, not mandates, are the best way toward a cleaner future.

“Microbiologists from the University of Bath’s Department of Biology & Biochemistry, and concrete experts from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering have been awarded funding by the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC), for a six-month pilot project that aims to optimize the properties of the prototype plasterboard using their bacteria-based construction technology (BBCT).”

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