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Biochar - A smart solution for greener construction


Biochar - A smart solution for greener construction

Beirut, Lebanon

Rayan Mourad from the American University of Beirut (AUB, Lebanon) studied the replacement of sand by biochar in concrete production. Biochar is a carbonic by-product of waste pyrolysis, a form of recycling.

The project shows new forms of building with concrete as well as opportunities for environmental improvement and economic development. Using biochar in concrete is a way to optimize waste recycling in Lebanon; it can create new job markets and applications. The project also helps reduce the extraction, transport, and consumption of sand.

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Forum Details

Infrastructure Space
April 7 to April 9, 2016

Detroit, USA
Project Details
Holcim Forum Prize
Highly commended
Student Poster Competition
Rayan Mourad
Main Author
Rayan Mourad
American University of Beirut (AUB)
Holcim Foundation

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