Researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation have created a new Green Charcoal Bio-Brick as an alternative to a traditional clay brick. The eco-friendly brick is constructed from soil, cement, charcoal and organic luffa fibres – the plant commonly used for bath sponges.
The consistency of the Bio-Brick is light and perforated, with more air pockets than a standard brick. The intention was to create a building block that allows animal and plant life to thrive, creating a strong connection back to the the natural environment.
Although porous the brick is strong and there is no need for metal reinforcement, as the luffa fibres provide all the necessary strength.