Energy-smart bricks keep waste out of landfill

April 23, 2024 – Researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), together with Visy – Australia’s largest recycling company – have developed a method that can produce bricks using a minimum of 15 percent waste glass and 20 percent incinerated solid waste (ash), to replace clay. In addition to the fact that they are made with residual material, and therefore contribute to reducing waste in general, the bricks also have better insulating properties than ‘normal’ bricks, according to the researchers. Tests are said to show that using these bricks in the construction of a single-storey building can reduce household energy bills by up to 5 percent compared to regular bricks.

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