A team from Washington State University has developed a new building system made from low-value construction waste. The blocks are made from 80% drywall waste and a binder from industrial byproducts. The bricks are waterproof and lighter than traditional bricks or concrete blocks.
“The bricks are similar to adobe or compress earth blocks,” Drake said, “but our blocks are superior, especially for insulation.”
Over the next year, researchers will test the blocks to meet building, seismic and fire codes. They also plan to build a 160-square-foot demonstration structure.