Project Innovation + Advantages:
The project’s goal is to demonstrate the benefit of using carbon (in several forms) as a building material, replacing a large fraction of minerals and metals for building structures and also for thermal and electrical systems.
The team will demonstrate an inexpensive, high-quality alternative building paradigm that will benefit governments, developers, and financiers in the ongoing critical period of urban expansion and environmental change.
The team will perform detailed life cycle analyses of embodied and in-use energy of hydrocarbon reserves as building materials, comparing them to current building materials as low-footprint viable alternatives.
Use of carbon derived from methane pyrolysis as a structural building material would upgrade the value of an otherwise abundant, inexpensive byproduct into affordable habitation, which will be crucial for growing populations.