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 discussion, with trials beginning over the course of 2017. They hope to build a demonstration structure as well as undergo third party testing to gain certification.
Chapman'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.
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