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New type of construction material made by fungi

12 July 18 - Styliani Rouchota
New type of construction material made by fungi

COMPANIES

Savills

Consultant - GREECE

Solum Property Solutions

Consultant - GREECE

IBI Group

Consultant - GREECE

ETAD.A.E.

Public entity - GREECE

PEOPLE

Antulio Richetta

Director IBI Group
Would you live in a house made of fungus? It’s not just a rhetorical question: fungi are the key to a new low-carbon, fire-resistant and termite-deterring building material.

 

According to the World Economic Forum, this type of material, known as a mycelium composite, uses the Trametes versicolor fungus to combine agricultural and industrial waste to create lightweight but strong bricks. It’s cheaper than synthetic plastics or engineered wood, and reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

Making these fungal bricks is a low-energy and zero-carbon process.

Their structure means they can be moulded into many shapes. They are therefore suited to a variety of uses, particularly in the packaging and construction industries.

Moreover, fungal bricks make ideal fire-resistant insulation or panelling.

The material is more thermally stable than synthetic construction materials such as polystyrene and particleboard, which are derived from petroleum or natural gas.

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