Industry experts and academics aiming to revolutionise how the world’s buildings and infrastructure are built met at the University of East London earlier this month.
The meeting heard from members of a three-way partnership, Biozeroc, Maplex Technology and UEL, which aims to replace carbon-intensive cement with a bacteria-based material.
They were joined by industry leaders from companies such as Tilbury Douglas, AKTII, Buro Happold and Sensicon, with Adam Robinson, Deputy Director of the UK Environment Agency also present.
The Dean of UEL's School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Professor David Tann spoke of the importance of academic expertise and industry collaborations, the first of a series of talks before the attendees visited UEL’s state-of-the-art facilities used to construct low-carbon materials and structures.
The project will use a novel technique to “grow” the new binder using biotech and existing materials, which promises to play a significant role in reducing the UK’s carbon emissions, with concrete production accounting for 8% of all global emissions.