9,000 sustainable building bricks avoid 80% of emissions into the atmosphere.


Constructed a wall of bricks made from waste and avoiding the firing stage in the framework of the LIFE HYPOBRICK project, financed by the European Commission through the LIFE Programme (ref. LIFE18 CCM/ES/001114).

The company Ladrillos Mora, a member of the project coordinated by the Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC-AICE), uses around 9,000 sustainable bricks in this construction in Illescas (Toledo), with similar properties to traditional bricks and saving 80% of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

28/12/2022.- The LIFE HYPOBRICK project, financed by the European Commission through the LIFE Programme (ref. LIFE18 CCM/ES/001114) has almost come to its end with the construction of a wall of sustainable bricks in line with the circular economy and climate action, as they have been obtained from waste and applying technologies that avoid the high energy consumption of industries such as the brick manufacturing, and also saving harmful emissions.

LIFE HYPOBRICK, which began in October 2019 and will end in March 2023, aims to eliminate the firing stage of the bricks manufacture, replacing it with alkaline activation technology, which uses a very low temperature and avoids 80% of emissions into the atmosphere. Specifically, these materials have been obtained from waste from the same sector and from other sectors, by means of the aforementioned alkaline activation and at a curing temperature of 80 ºC.

The LIFE HYPOBRICK bricks have been industrially manufactured in the company Ladrillos Mora, a member of the project, in Illescas (Toledo), using the prototype also developed within the framework of the project. This was in fact one of the most important objectives of LIFE HYPOBRICK, which has finally been achieved with a construction located in Illescas consisting of a wall whose bricks are about 250 mm long by 125 mm wide and 40 mm thick, using around 9,000 bricks manufactured industrially in the company itself.

Under the coordination of the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica (ITC-AICE), the companies Ladrillos MORA, Recycling, Consulting & Services, S.L. (RCS), the German company Schlagmann Poroton GmbH & Co. KG (SCHLAGMANN) and the Technische Hochschule Nuernberg Georg Simon Ohm (THN) are participating in LIFE HYPOBRICK.

The main objective of the project has been from the beginning to demonstrate the feasibility of manufacturing waste-based building products (bricks and blocks) using an extremely low CO2 emission process, in order to accomplish with EU environmental and climate guidelines, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector from 80% to 95% by 2050. The industries producing these products belong to the group of energy-intensive industries.

The procurement and construction of this wall, whose bricks have similar properties and performance as traditional bricks, demonstrates that it is possible to help industries such as brick-making to align with the objectives set by the European Commission as well as with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations (SDGs). Specifically, LIFE HYPOBRICK is aligned with SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG 13: Climate Action.

All information about LIFE HYPOBRICK: www.lifehypobrick.eu

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