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Erdfeucht Lehmputz in Händen, geringer Energieeinsatz

Low energy

Use of energy in the production of building materials

The use of energy required for the production of building materials determines the majority of greenhouse emissions and therefore the carbon footprint. Time is of the essence: according to the UN Environment Program’s “Global Status Report for Building and Construction”, the construction and building sector accounts for 40% of global CO2 emissions. Clay building materials have their great strength here. A number of ClayTec products are even climate-positive due to their CO2-storing plant fiber content.

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Minimal energy consumption

Clay mortar and many other clay building materials can be produced, stored and processed completely undried. The natural moisture content of the raw material in the earth (“earth-moist”) is simply left as it is. An electric motor, driven by solar power for example, homogenizes the raw material and mixes it with sand and straw. It doesn’t get any more minimal than this.

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No burning

For mineral binders, the water bound in the structure of the original rock, the so-called crystal water, is first burned out, then the rock is ground into powder. In order to enable plastic processing on the building site, water is added again and the material then hardens on the wall by chemically incorporating this water, turning it back into a type of rock. Clay does not undergo this energy-intensive loop; it hardens simply by drying out.

Nachhaltige Trockenbauplatte, Lehmbauplatte D20
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Low temperature drying

Clay mortar is only dried for some applications, mainly depending on the type of mixing and plastering machines used. However, unlike the firing process, this is possible at low temperatures. Clay mortar does not have to be heated to high temperatures during the production process; it can also be dried in the sun and in the air, using only a little time instead of fossil fuels.

Trocknung von Lehmbauplatten, geringer Energieeinsatz, niedrig temperierte Trocknung
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