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Watershed Materials Hopes to Make Cement-Free Concrete Blocks a Reality

18:30 - 26 August, 2015
Watershed Materials Hopes to Make Cement-Free Concrete Blocks a Reality, A design by Dorman Associates using Watershed Blocks. Image © SkyHawk Photography - Brian Haux
A design by Dorman Associates using Watershed Blocks. Image © SkyHawk Photography - Brian Haux

Concrete blocks. Ever since manufacturers developed techniques to make them cheaper than traditional clay-fired bricks, concrete blocks have been one of our most ubiquitous construction materials. However, this ubiquity comes at a price: worldwide, the production of concrete accounts for around 5% of all man-made carbon dioxide emissions, and concrete blocks (as opposed to in-situ concrete or concrete panels) contributes a significant portion of these emissions.

To curb these runaway carbon emissions, a California-based company called Watershed Materials is developing alternatives to the traditional concrete block which uses less cement, dramatically reducing the amount of carbon dioxide produced; they even have a product in the works which they hope will offer a widely applicable concrete block alternative which uses no cement at all.

Sustainable private residence by Arkin Tilt Architects. Image © Ed Caldwell A design using Watershed Blocks by Atelier Hsu. Image © Mark Luthringer A design using Watershed Blocks by Atelier Hsu. Image © Mark Luthringer A sustainable residence by Arkin Tilt Architects using Watershed Blocks. Image © Ed Caldwell + 13

Mountain View Residence / Atelier Hsu

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
© Mark Luthringer
© Mark Luthringer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mountain View, United States
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Juliet Hsu, Atelier Hsu
  • Area

    2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

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California College of the Arts Graduate Center / Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects

00:00 - 7 April, 2011
California College of the Arts Graduate Center / Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects, © Mark Luthringer
© Mark Luthringer

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  • Architects

  • Location

    184 Hooper St, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects
  • Project Team

    Mark Jensen (Principal), Frank Merritt (Project Architect), Chris Kalos, Steven Huegli, Pantea Tehrani (project team)
  • Structural Engineer

    Jeffrey Weber & Associates
  • Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer

    Guttman & Blaevoet
  • Electrical Engineer

    Silverman & Light
  • Civil Engineer

    KCA Engineers
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Geotecnia
  • Environmental Consultant

    URS Corporation
  • Acoustical Consultant

    Charles M. Salter Associates
  • Contractor

    Oliver & Company
  • Area

    29640.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs