Pressed bio-crete bricks as a low-carbon locally produced building material. This report by Safuan Azman looks at the workability of biocrete mixes produced in Bongkud, a rural village near Mt. Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. The experiment is funded by Camps International to develop locally appropriate green building materials.
Category | Green Materials & Products
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Bio-crete is a low-carbon cement-like material made from lime and natural fibre. Using it can reduce or phase out the energy intensive and non-renewable quarrying for cement and mineral aggregates in favour of more sustainable alternatives. It also helps to passively regulate the internal environment of buildings.
Rahim Mudin writes about a recent design workshop with the Murut community at Kampung Maligan, near Sipitang in the South of Sabah. The 3 days workshop focused on the production of woven bamboo panels for building construction.
Coco-crete is a low-carbon lime-based composite concrete. Arkitrek have been experimenting with a mix using; coconut coir, river sand, dry hydrated lime, portland cement & water. The following are instructions for mixing a 10:5:4:1 (coir:sand:lime:cement) by volume for a cast in-situ wall.