- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 09 Nov 2017
Rising demand for new homes has left Britain facing a shortage of bricks. In addition, approximately 85% of the energy from the production of traditional fired bricks goes into the firing, meaning that low-energy alternatives to conventional materials are becoming more sought-after.
The patent-pending K-Briq is an unfired brick made from waste materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill. It is manufactured using traditional methods, without cement, and because the process removes the need of firing, it boasts one-tenth the carbon footprint of clay-fired bricks.
The brick does not require painting or surface treatment and has the potential for a range of different colour finishes using recycled pigment. The performance characteristics of the unit and its ‘build-ability’ make it suitable for most of the applications usually reserved for traditional brick/cement products and historically unsuitable for air-dried products.
KENOTEQ intends that the K-Briq will support housebuilding demands, selling through brick merchant distribution networks. They will first establish in Scotland then expect to expand to Europe and then globally. They will target strategically selected waste-handling and set-up production facilities. The first pilot production facility is currently under development, with trials beginning over the course of 2018.
Medero's team are also working with Scottish Enterprise as part of its High Growth Spin-Out Programme, which includes support in the form of £179,000 of grant funding and intensive commercialisation and entrepreneurial assistance.
For more information, see KENOTEQ.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
From alabaster to travertine – how many types do you know?
Well-designed lighting helps maintain a healthy physiological and psychological balance.
Transferring the risk for obtaining the target BREEAM rating.
A simple but effective way to determine the root cause of an issue.
BSRIA report suggest the European market will double to 415 million Euros by 2023.
Why a wellbeing strategy is vital for property managers.
An ECA briefing for members about the commercial implications of leaving the EU.
A crucial moment on any project - and fraught with danger.
The performance gap from a Northern Ireland perspective.
Book review: Buildings of protestant nonconformity.
Design and testing for health and wellbeing - free download from BRE.