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We are running a few pilot projects in the Netherlands to test the complete process of returning waste from a donor building to the project for the first time.
Depending on what we encounter in the process and the results of the final product, we will see if and how we will bring this further. Visit our project page to find out more.
We work with carefully selected partners and don’t have the ambition to expand the number of partners right now.
It depends on the production location and products but in general, our waste comes from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and England.
We use demolition waste, industrial waste and by-products from several production and recycling processes.
We are already able to make products from 100% waste. That said, the machines we are using aren’t currently able to process them. This will remain our focus for the coming years.
Our mission stands: creating building materials from 100% upcycled waste with a positive carbon impact on the planet.
All our waste streams are tested on quality and consistency and comply with government regulations.
All our products go through the standard market tests for bricks and are safe to use according to European standards.
This depends on the calculation method you use. In preliminary research from an external agency, a 25% reduction in environmental cost indicators was reported with fully scaled-up production. In general, the WasteBasedBrick®, in line with other bricks, is sustainable because of its longevity (70+ years).
With the WasteBasedBrick®, we focus primarily on waste as a resource instead of digging up natural and limited resources. To decrease the CO2 footprint of the brick even further, we are testing more efficient firing curves.
We currently compensate for the footprint of the firing process by using forest-compensated gas from supplier Greenchoice. The next big step is switching from a gas-fired production process to an H2-fired production. Visit our news page to learn more about this latest development.
Our products have the properties to last more than 100 years. Unfortunately, most buildings these days are being demolished much sooner than that. The good news is that WasteBasedBricks® can be recycled and used as ingredients for new WasteBasedBricks®.
You can find all product information, processing guidelines and a technical datasheets of specific products in our Download Centre.
A circular economy is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. Circular systems create a close-loop system, minimizing the use of resource inputs and the creation of waste, pollution and carbon emissions.
Building from waste is still a relatively new concept. Much of the waste that we create in construction (even when recycled) is now used for lower quality purposes, such as road fill, or not used at all.
Local production, close to the waste streams is the way to go. But for that to happen, we need to get more projects in, for example, the United States coming our way. In our growth vision, we focus on production with partners in various regions across the world.
The factory that will produce the BioBasedTile on a large scale is located in Denmark. The Biomason EPD team is working closely together with the engineers in Denmark to calculate the environmental profile of the actual product made over here.
To prevent the circulation of multiple EPDs of the BioBasedTiles, we will be waiting for the new publication which represents the commercial product we are selling.
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products in a credible way.
At StoneCycling, we now have a preliminary EPD of our products available on request. If you want to learn more and download the EPD, contact us here. Soon we will publish an updated EPD available for download on each product page.
Up-cycling is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, and useless or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value. Read more about how your products are made.
This is true indeed. Wood is a great material for building. However, it does require more maintenance than bricks. Our products are fired on forest-compensated gas. This means that the CO2 footprint during production is compensated by planting trees. It is not the perfect solution yet and fundamental solutions will have to be found in alternative fuels such as H₂.
The primary component of traditional concrete is Portland cement. Portland cement is manufactured from crushed limestone (calcium carbonate). There are two main stages in the manufacturing of portland cement.
The first stage, calcination, requires heating limestone to temperatures greater than 800 degrees Celsius (~1,500 F), resulting in calcium oxide and carbon dioxide gas.
The second stage, clinker formation, combines calcium oxide with silicates at furnace temperatures greater than 1,300 degrees Celsius (~2,400 F).
Manufacturing 1 KG of Portland cement releases approximately 1 KG of carbon dioxide into the environment. Half of this comes from the calcination of the limestone, and the other half from the combustion of fossil fuels necessary to achieve the required kiln temperatures. Additional atmospheric byproducts of portland cement production include dioxin, NOx, SO₂, and particulates.
Instead of Portland cement, we use Biocement® to bind loose sand and rock. Portland cement is a calcium-silicate hydrate material that originally comes from liberating carbon from limestone through intensive heating, emitting carbon dioxide as a byproduct.
Biocement® is a reversal of this process, where carbon and calcium are combined to produce a biologically formed limestone material. This means that high heat and fossil fuels are not required in the process, and BioBasedTiles use carbon as a building block, just like nature!
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