Product Development & Creative Concepts

Come join the PDCC Forum on Thursday, February 18, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST, to learn about the development of new and existing concrete masonry products, methods of production, innovation in block and brick designs, and systems integration within the markets.

bioMason is a leading innovator in the green building space, bioMASON® offers the lowest carbon footprint cement tile in the market. Their patented biocement® bioLITH® tiles are available today to architects and green building leaders across the globe. bioMASON grows pre-cast materials by employing microorganisms. bioMASON’s process enables materials to be formed in ambient temperatures by replacing the curing process with the formation of biologically controlled structural cement.

CO2Concrete’s technology platform enables masonry and precast concrete producers to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of their products while increasing profitability. This breakthrough approach, which was developed at UCLA, uses low cost, readily available materials and makes use of CO2 directly from industrial flue gases, eliminating the need for carbon capture.  The company produced over 10,000 ASTM C90 blocks during its first pilot trials in Wyoming last summer, and has initiated commercialization discussions with CO2 and masonry partners in the US, Europe and India in parallel to conducting additional trials in the Southeast.

SolaBlock has a patented Solar Masonry Unit (SMU) that is laid as the building envelope and offers all the benefits of masonry with the generation of solar electricity, and in four years run time becomes carbon neutral. The SolaBlock are laid as any CMUs would be, and an electrician does the connection after the wall is built. This offers the masonry trade a future in green energy construction.

Portland-limestone cement, or PLC, is engineered with a higher limestone content than Portland cement to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete and masonry construction by about 10%. PLCs are typically swapped in for Portland cement at a 1:1 replacement level in block and grout mixtures, minimizing disruption to producers while providing excellent fresh and hardened properties. Cement standards in the U.S. (ASTM C595, AASHTO M 240) and Canada (CSA A3001) have recognized Portland-limestone cements for about 10 years, although similar products have been used around the world for several decades. Learn about these innovative cements that, since 2012, have reduced CO2 emissions associated with construction by more than 325,000 metric tons.