3D-printed plastic waste brick offers 10 times better insulation

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  1. Fantastic … lets all replace non flammable / combustible clay bricks with plastic bricks made with petroleum based products that WILL BURN. What other lessons are needed?

  2. Interesting but what is its fire rating, how will it be bonded and how will it be tied back to the other frame work, kit or inner leaf also how is it for strength.

  3. Great idea to recycle a difficult waste product.

    Couple of questions.

    What is the door to door energy & production cost to produce a single brick compared with a conventional clay brick?
    As it’s basically plastic what are its fire rating properties?

    Many thanks.

  4. Load-bearing performance?
    Fire safety?
    Costs? I see elsewhere “Traditionally, a range of building blocks are required to achieve the regulatory standard U-value, however, the newly designed plastic brick can achieve this on its own.”
    …so saving can be made in overall construction??????
    Iain Meek DipArch RIAS RIBA FBIS
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    07960 173903

  5. Would be good to know the compressive strength is comparable with clay, and that the bricks are frost and UV stable in exposed applications. Follow up please CM.

  6. Great concept however, what are the structural properties of it like and how are bricks stuck together. How does it respond to fire or heat?

  7. Great idea, but do we want our buildings built of plastic & is it flammable?

  8. Really good idea to use plastic waste, but …

    How much cost reduction needs to take place for the new brick to be an economic alternative?


  9. Hello,
    What a great invention!
    I was aware birds (and spiders) built incredibly robust and efficient structures thanks to Michael Pawlyn’s book Biomimicry in Architecture (that I’ve helped translate into French) but did not know they also built energy efficient ones.
    I do hope this new construction material will be marketed soon for the good of our planet!

  10. This is a great idea for reusing plastics. I would be interested in an article exploring how this material performs against a traditional masonry brick in terms fire resistance, particularly if it is used in combination with cavity wall insulation.
    None the less, this is good idea that deserves merit.

  11. How is the fire rating and or fire protection for this sort of product?

  12. Great idea, but how well do they burn, how much do they cost, how strong are they, and what do buildig regs have to say about it ?

    Cheers, J/.

  13. Amazing, I’m a builder, and conservation minded, when can this product be commercially viable for use? Would mortar be used to lay the bricks, what compounds bond to the bricks, ie render or plasterboard bonding compound. Can these bricks only be created by additive manufacturing?

  14. How is UV degradation controlled? Over time the material is likely to be affected by UV light and disperse micro particles into the environment. Plastic micro particles are a major problem that requires urgent action to reduce impact on the biosphere.

  15. Wow fantastic and also much lighter so MHO/ mechanical handling much less hazardous. Bring it on.

  16. A U-value of 0.25, a tenth of that for a clay brick, is impressive, but the other important, real world statistic is missing. THE COST.

  17. Being 3d printed I would have thought they would have been printed with an interlocking system such as Lego saving the need for a mortar which surely would be more efficient in construction and energy saving

  18. Are these commercially available yet? I’m building a new house and would like details, cost, method of construction and adherence to other building materials etc

  19. All comments need answers including how will finishes be applied?

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