College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management

Date

6-2018

Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert

Philip Barlow

Abstract/Summary

High levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the atmosphere are propelling climate change, which has been proven to be highly detrimental to the planet. Cement production for the construction industry is a leading cause of these harmful carbon emissions. This project introduces a potential solution to this issue in the form of a new biological concrete that is treated with carbon sequestering bacteria of the Bacillus family to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. The consolidated research presented in this project will explain the biology behind this process, and how it can be implemented in construction to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Additionally, this paper will evaluate the feasibility of implementing CO2 sequestering concrete in construction on the basis of its strength and cost. Finally, new knowledge will be recorded in the form of interviews of industry professionals to clearly illustrate how carbon sequestering bio concrete could be implemented in construction.

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