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EPA Grant Number: SU835497
Title: Biostabilization of Rammed Earth for Reduction of Waste and CO2 Emissions

University of Kansas’ team is exploring the use of microbes to strengthen soil used for earthen architecture. Called “rammed earth,” the technique of packing dirt into a building material has been used since ancient times. Today, rammed earth is often fortified with cement, which when it’s made produces greenhouse gas emissions. The team, inspired by nature’s processes, is experimenting with a greener process that uses microbes to strengthen rammed earth while preserving its inherent sustainability and timeless beauty.

Challenge Area(s): Built Environment, Materials & Chemistry

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