Venture Beat

November 16, 2010

Abeo, winner of the Danish Cleantech Open and a finalist in the Global Ideas competition, is licensing a new method of constructing concrete buildings which can reduce cost and Co2 emissions by up to 50 percent. The company calls such buildings super-light structures. The super-light structure technique was invented by a Danish professor called Kristian Hertz. Most modern buildings are constructed using heavy concrete and steel reinforcement. Super-light structures use a skeleton of medium to high strength concrete and a stabilizing outer layer of lightweight concrete. The strong concrete is load-bearing.┬áThe lightweight concrete creates the outer shape and while stabilizing and protecting against impact and fire. Because lightweight concrete weighs 3 to 5 times less than ordinary concrete, it reduces the total weight of the concrete structure by approximately 50 percent. Read more…