Friday, 6 July 2012


Yes can you believe it! The main advantages of these bricks is that they are lightweight, energy efficient and cost half as much as conventional bricks. Not so suitable for structural purposes but more for wall partitions and for interior design.

Developed by two researchers from the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in India (VNIT), Professors Rahul Ralegaonkar and Sachin Mandavgane hatched the idea to create these bricks after a trip to local paper mill two years ago. They learned at that 15% of newspaper cannot be recycled and goes to waste. This, combined with the fact that India suffers from a brick shortage of about 30%, inspired them to manufacture bricks from the paper mill waste.

The green building market in India is the second largest after the United States. However, the fact that India has a 30% brick shortage shows that the country's success in green building is despite many challenges.

You can read the full article here.

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