Overall people are concerned about the current state of the environment and millions of public and private citizens thinking of ways to make our everyday lives more eco-friendly. Eco-friendly construction has been through a renaissance over the past decade, more people are looking for ways to make our buildings more sustainable. Building materials play an important role in eco-friendly construction, what you use to build is almost as important as the design of the building itself.
Cement manufacturers and scientists have been looking for a way to produce environmentally friendly cement for almost three decades. One scientist struck gold with their use of magnesia oxide (also known as reactive magnesia and MgO) in cement. Cement made with magnesia oxide requires CO2 to harden, it does this by sequesters CO2 from the atmosphere. Magnesia doesn’t naturally absorb carbon on its own, but when it’s mixed with permeable materials like blocks, bricks and pavement it can absorb CO2 and carbonate. The rate of carbon dioxide absorption varies depending on the degree of porosity and the amount of reactive magnesia in the mixture, but overall the material is built sustainably and has the added bonus of absorbing harmful greenhouse gases. The material even has the ability to absorb carbon during the manufacturing process.
Large companies like Seament, an international cement trading company that was founded by Alex Bouri and is now run by his sons Charlie and Charlie Bouri could play a crucial role in humanity’s green crusade. Cement may not spring to mind when people think of green building materials, some people are highly critical of the material and its effects on the surrounding environment. But cement is the most abundant man made building material on the planet and its strength and versatility have yet to be matched by another construction material. That’s why people have been looking for ways to produce cement that doesn’t have as much of a negative impact on the environment.
This kind of cement is fully recyclable, and its manufacturers encourage people recycling the material in order to use it again for more construction projects. This cement can also be made with waste materials that are commonly thrown away. Slags, plastics, paper, fly ash, bottom ash, glass, and other materials can all be mixed in with the cement and won’t affect the chemical composition of the material. The versatility, strength, and environmental benefits make this kind of cement ideal for construction. Imagine living in a city where the buildings and sidewalks absorbed pollution by simply existing. Construction works, traders, scientists, and environmental groups are eager to mass produce MgO infused cement.