Concrete is now being used to help save the planet. Introducing ECOncrete, a new product shaped into unique pods. When they are installed along marinas, they can help prevent shoreline erosion and create habitat for wildlife. These interesting building blocks can also be used to build waterfront infrastructure and offshore foundations for renewable energy projects.
How is it eco-friendly? ECOncrete sequesters carbon. It mimics stable shoreline structures, such as boulders, which create caves and surfaces for marine life to latch onto. The company that created ECOncrete completed 40 installations of these pods in six countries. The company works with a number of partners, including the U.S. Department of Energy, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Port of San Diego.
Made of a special additive added to concrete, “admixture,” the blocks comply with coastal and marine construction standards. The “admixture” creates a chemically-balanced concrete that’s healthier for marine ecosystems. The blocks also have a longer than average lifespan.
Furthermore, what makes this product different than normal concrete is that it’s made up of three components. It works to reduce the ecological footprint of concrete while also creating new opportunities for biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.
Then, texture agents such as mold-modifying agents, finishes and liners create a surface for marine life to thrive. The molds are also shaped in a way that is structurally helpful to the concrete. Also, it is the right shape to mimic natural wildlife habitat.
Altogether, this results in 700% increased carbon sequestration and 200% more species biodiversity than use of normal concrete for marine infrastructure projects.
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