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Out of 330, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Zero Emission Construction Solutions
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The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 330 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 construction startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 325 zero emission construction solutions, get in touch.
Greener Power Solutions provides Mobile Batteries
The construction industry site is responsible for a significant portion of air and noise pollution. Consequently, workers on construction sites are constantly exposed to the fumes and noise from generators. Such exposure not only harms their health but also negatively affects their efficiency. For these reasons, startups are offering high-capacity battery systems for use as power sources at construction sites.
Dutch startup Greener Power Solutions manufactures emission-free energy systems for construction sites. Its high capacity and mobile 336 kWh batteries are designed for standalone use or with other batteries and power sources. Moreover, they feature energy monitoring and reporting, demand forecasting, consumption analytics, and facilitate energy requirement mapping. The solution allows project and site managers, owners, and construction workers to replace fossil fuel generators with electric power sources and reduce emissions.
Materrup offers Clay Cement
In the construction industry, cement production is a major emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2). Cement manufacturing processes heat raw materials are to high temperatures in a fuel-intensive process. Although it is only a small portion of concrete, its importance stems from cement’s function as a binder between aggregates to produce concrete. This is why startups are developing alternative materials that replace cement to decarbonize the construction industry.
French startup Materrup produces bricks that are formulated from raw clay using local resources. The startup’s Argiroc range of clay-based bricks is available in the form of ready-to-use concrete as well as prefabricated products for a variety of applications. Besides, the bricks leave a significantly lower carbon footprint and ensure a fully local production cycle. This provides construction site managers and engineers with an economical replacement for traditional bricks while simultaneously reducing the construction industry’s reliance on unsustainable concrete.
Instagrid provides Portable Power Supplies
The power tools and equipment in construction sites need generators that produce high noise levels and CO2 emissions. The noise and emission at construction sites also create negative working environments for the workers, leading to reduced efficiency. To tackle these problems, startups are offering electric portable power supplies designed to provide power for the entire workday.
Instagrid is a German startup that makes battery power supplies for use in construction sites. Its power supply uses a 230 V architecture, supports fast charging, and has a peak capacity of 18000 W. The startup’s solution provides construction workers with a light and portable power supply that also reduces the noise and emissions within their work environment.
Terra CO2 produces Cementitious Materials
Fly ash is a by-product of coal plants, and one of the main materials used to create cement. Due to this, any quantity of cement produced adds an equal amount of CO2 to the environment. Moreover, because of the importance of cement in the construction industry, it is proving difficult to replace it completely. This is why startups are developing sustainable alternatives for cement that reduce the need for energy-intensive materials like fly ash.
Terra CO2 is a US-based startup that manufactures alternative supplementary cementitious materials with similar properties to fly ash. Its product, OPUS BCM, combines a materials feedstock and a proprietary high-volume pozzolan process to produce cementitious materials. The process produces significantly less CO2 as compared to traditional portland cement production. The startup’s technology, in turn, provides the construction industry with concrete that is more sustainable and also more durable.
Kenoteq makes Sustainable Bricks
Concrete blocks are highly durable and carry heavy loads, while hollow concrete blocks also provide high insulation due to the presence of a cavity within. These characteristics make them comparatively better building materials than traditional bricks. But the production process of concrete creates a significantly high amount of carbon emission. To overcome this, startups are creating bricks out of recycled materials from construction sites with improved features.
Kenoteq is a British startup that manufactures sustainable bricks that are unfired and made mostly of construction waste. Its product, K-Briq, looks like a normal brick, weighs the same, and behaves like clay brick, but offers improved insulation properties and is available in different colors. K-Briq provides the construction industry with a sustainable method to reduce post-construction waste and cut down emissions.
Discover more Construction Startups
Construction startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on sustainable concrete, clean energy, as well as zero waste construction. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the construction industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more construction technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Construction Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.