Scottish start-up Kenoteq has launched the K-Briq – a more sustainable building brick that is unfired and made of 90 per cent construction waste.
Rima Sabina Aouf
Invented by engineering professor Gabriela Medero at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, the K-Briq generates less than a tenth of the carbon emissions in its manufacture than a regular brick.
Medero spent over 10 years developing the product at the Scottish university, driven by the desire to reduce the environmental impact of the construction industry.
“I have spent many years researching building materials and have been concerned that modern construction techniques exploit raw materials without considering that they are amongst the largest contributors to carbon emissions,” she said. “The amount of waste they produce is not sustainable long-term.”
Medero co-founded Kenoteq to put the bricks into commercial production, which is now underway. The K-Briq modules will also be used to build this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, which has been designed by South African architecture studio Counterspace.
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