Most buildings have a high carbon footprint in their building materials. But UK’s concrete masonary company, Lignacite, hopes to erect zero carbon buildings with their Carbon Buster, the world’s first carbon negative building block. The term carbon negative means that it has taken less carbon to produce this block than its actual carbon composition. To accomplish this, more than 50% of the materials that makes up the Carbon Buster is recycled waste.
The reason most buildings have a high carbon content is because the materials are freshly mined and utilized. But the Carbon Buster has a low carbon footprint because it is manufactured from pre-existing, recycled cement, wood shavings, glass and shells.
Lignacite used Carbon8 pellets which are made of the residues left behind in waste from energy-producing factories to further reduce the Carbon Buster‘s carbon content. Carbon8 and Ligancite worked together to achieve a carbon negative product that will help Britain reach its goal of zero carbon homes by 2016.