Technology

The built environment is currently constructed using a limited palette of traditional materials: concrete, glass, steel and wood.

The built environment is currently constructed using a limited palette of traditional materials: concrete, glass, steel and wood..

Traditional materials contain a high-embodied energy, and rely heavily on limited natural resources.

The manufacture of concrete, one of the most energy intensive materials, uses limestone shale converted into Portland cement through high-heat processes. Global cement production in 2008 amounted 2.8 billion tons, with equivalent quantities of CO2 released into the atmosphere. Both concrete and clay manufacturing include energy intensive processes for raw material extraction, transportation, and fuel sources for heating kilns.


The cement industry accounts for approximately 5% of global carbon dioxide emissions. At bioMASON, we grow our materials by employing microorganisms to grow cement.

The process of growing bricks is similar to hydroponics- whereby units mixed with the microorganism are fed an aqueous solution to harden the bricks to specification. Traditional bricks are formed in brick units and then fired for hardening.

bioMASON’s process simply eliminates the need for firing by replacing the curing/hardening process with the formation of biologically controlled structural cement.


OUR PARTNERS & GRANTORS

Acorn Innovestment
Stichting Doen Foundation
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center
National Science Foundation
Cradle to Cradle
NC State University