Desert Sand Might Outperform Concrete in Key Sustainability Metrics

April 5, 2018 Karli Langner

Desert sand is a resource that has been useless for construction in the past. New innovations from a team of scientists in the UK could be shaking things up. The team has developed a biodegradable construction material, called Finite, which is made from desert sand that is as strong as concrete with half the carbon footprint.

"The main binder in concrete is responsible for five per cent of global CO2 emissions, which is huge," said Matteo Maccario, a member of the development group from Imperial College London.

The breakthrough comes amid increasing concern about the world's dwindling supplies of construction-grade sand, which are an essential ingredient in concrete.

Learn more about the team's discoveries in this article.

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