April 15, 2006

Recycled content precast concrete surfacing material

Syndecrete is a precast concrete material developed by architect David Hertz at Syndesis, Inc., as an alternative to limited or nonrenewable natural materials such as wood and stone, as well as petroleum- based synthetic solid and laminating materials.

Syndecrete is an advanced cement-based composite using natural minerals and recycled materials as its primary ingredients. Metal shavings, plastic regrinds, recycled glass chips, and scrap wood chips are some of the postindustrial and post-consumer recycled materials incorporated into the Syndecrete matrix. These materials are used as decorative aggregates, creating a contemporary reinterpretation of the Italian tradition of terrazzo.

Syndecrete is a solid surfacing material, which provides consistency of color, texture, and aggregate throughout. Compared with conventional concrete, it has less than half the weight with twice the compressive strength.

Contact: Syndesis, Inc., Santa Monica, California, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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