Traditional Construction Builds face extended timelines, cost overruns, skills labor shortages, quality issues, high emissions and waste, and fail to meet the health and safety standards their clients deserve.
We are tenacious problem-solvers with a dissatisfaction with the status quo.
So we develop and manufacture advanced building technologies including fire-resistant, non-toxic, anti-microbial and mould resistant, low-carbon, cementitious building materials and prefabricated panels.
No longer satisfied with the industry standards, we put traditional building materials under the microscope and decided that MgO was the way to go.
- Insulator for electrical wires
- Helping crucibles resist high temperatures
- Preserving books
- Refractory industry – because whenever you need a mold that is chemically and physically inert at high temp, MgO is usually the goto.
What is Magnesium Oxide?
Magnesium Oxide or Magnesia, is a white solid mineral, made up of one part magnesium and one part oxygen. Its chemical formula is MgO and it is one of the lightest and strongest metal oxides available.
In its purest form, MgO is mined as Magnesium Carbonate. It’s found in very select places around the world in enough concentrate to warrant a mine. (China, NK, and Russia control 60%) Canada has just over 1% of the supply chain.
Historically, it’s extracted through open pit mining, however our R&D team is working hard to develop new extraction technologies for sources that are less environmentally disruptive.
The Magnesium Carbonate (MgCO3) undergoes a mild process called calcination (aka heating it). Process takes place at 600-900 degrees C to convert it and decarbonize it to MgO and it releases CO2 gas. In comparison to calcium carbonate, the building block to portland cement board which is dominant in the market, which is decarbonized at 1,500 degrees. Which means less than half the CO2 of traditional cement board.
Mix 1 part MgO, 2 parts saturated brine (magnesium sulfate), some secret sauce and add an aggregate component. Place the mixture into whatever moulds you want to form. Sandwich your new boards between some fibreglass cement sheets on either side and get building!