EnVitrum’s process is compatible with both post-consumer and post-industrial waste glass. Once the waste glass is diverted from the landfill, it’ll be processed by masonry manufacturing facilities using their existing equipment. In a nutshell, making a brick is like making a cake. You mix the raw materials together, put that mixture into a mold and bake it. But it’s a little more complicated.
Making EnVitrum’s material uses the same established processes and equipment as those used in the masonry industry. In our case, crushed glass is combined with our trade secret blend of binding agents, formed into bricks, tiles or plates and this mixture is put through a complex, patent-pending, multi-stage firing process.
What comes out of the furnace differs greatly from your standard masonry product. Our material is distinct in that it contains a highly complex, network of interconnected micro-pores.
What are micro-pores?The micro-pores increase the mechanical toughness of the material, while reducing the overall weight. This means that, although they are made of glass, our products can perform like common building envelope materials, such as brick. More importantly, this porosity enables our products to be used in high performance applications like evaporative cooling façades or building skins, cool roofs, green roofs, living walls and more. This characteristic allows us to enter markets that traditional masonry products simply cannot touch. Our exclusive products will give architects and contractors the means to meet today’s LEED criterion, without significant changes to established building techniques.