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POO BRICKS: Students Develop Cow Dung Building Bricks
Posted By Trey Farmer On May 4, 2009 @ 11:30 am In Architecture,Green Building,Green Materials,Innovation,Sustainable Materials | 13 Comments
A group of students from Prasetiya Mulya Business School  in Indonesia recently won the 2009 Global Social Venture Competition  with their “EcoFaeBrick “, a quality, easily manufactured, low-cost sustainable building material  made from cow dung. The bricks are not only 20% lighter, but they have a compressive strength 20% stronger than clay bricks and their production doesn’t rely upon devastating quarry mining techniques.
The EcoFaeBrick  mission is to provide a highly economical solution to a waste problem while helping to curb the destruction of the local environment caused by clay quarries (pictured below). The bricks are made using 75% cow manure  and cured in a biogas  heating process that reduces the brick factory’s CO2 emissions significantly over traditional wood fire heat.
EcoFaeBrick  claims that the process will raise participating farmers’ incomes by 53%, which will help to raise their quality of life (and hopefully they will hire and teach some ex-clay miners how to farm). All in all this seems like a win-win venture and it is nice to see GSVC  recognizing the development and helping to spread awareness for the technology. A warm congratulations from Inhabitat!
+ EcoFaeBrick 
Via Bustler 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=27234
 Prasetiya Mulya Business School: http://www.pmbs.ac.id/
 2009 Global Social Venture Competition: http://www.gsvc.org/
 EcoFaeBrick: http://ecofaebrick.com/
 sustainable building material: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/materials/
 cow manure: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/21/yamaha-unveils-golf-cart-powered-by-poo/
 biogas: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/06/19/cow-power-how-methane-will-power-your-house/
 EcoFaeBrick: http://ecofaebrick.com
 Bustler: http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/ecofaebrick_wins_global_social_venture_competition_with_cow_dung_bricks/
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