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Bacterial Concrete as a Sustainable Building Material?

Chair of Building Materials Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, PK Cracow University of Technology, 31-155 Kraków, Poland
Sustainability 2020, 12(2), 696; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020696
Received: 11 December 2019 / Revised: 10 January 2020 / Accepted: 14 January 2020 / Published: 17 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Transportation and the Built Environment)
The right selection of building materials plays an important role when designing a building to fall within the definition of sustainable development. One of the most commonly used construction materials is concrete. Its production causes a high energy burden on the environment. Concrete is susceptible to external factors. As a result, cracks occur in the material. Achieving its durability along with the assumptions of sustainable construction means there is a need to use an environmentally friendly and effective technique of alternative crack removal in the damaged material. Bacterial self-healing concrete reduces costs in terms of detection of damage and maintenance of concrete structures, thus ensuring a safe lifetime of the structure. Bacterial concrete can improve its durability. However, it is not currently used on an industrial scale. The high cost of the substrates used means that they are not used on an industrial scale. Many research units try to reduce production costs through various methods; however, bacterial concrete can be an effective response to sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable; self-healing; concrete; bacteria sustainable; self-healing; concrete; bacteria
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