2023-2024 Challenge 2nd Place – SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Team Members:

Aayusha Chapagain – Master’s student in Construction Management

Olayinka Olaosebikan – Master’s student in Construction Management

School: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Challenge: You and Me, Carbon Free!

Problem Definition: The objective of this challenge is to develop an innovative solution that will reduce carbon emissions from U.S. buildings (residential or commercial, new or existing). Problem statements can address embodied carbon emissions and/or operational carbon emissions. Innovative solutions should lead to significant reductions in carbon emissions and increased affordability for identified stakeholder groups to obtain new technologies.

Project Title: Interlocking Sun-Dried Adobe Bricks (MODIFIED ADOBE – MODUBE)

Solution: The project, “Interlocking Sun-Dried Adobe Bricks (MODIFIED ADOBE – MODUBE), aims to revolutionize the North American building construction industry with sustainable solutions. In response to the rising demand for housing and the need for carbon reduction, MODUBE, an innovative adobe brick, is proposed. MODUBE incorporates waste wood ash (WWA) for structural strength and aligns with circular economy principles. It is anticipated to meet New Mexico Earth Building requirements, providing an environmentally friendly and cost-effective housing option. The team emphasizes diverse cultural insights and sustainable practices, positioning MODUBE as a promising solution for the construction industry. The project outlines a phased approach, including technology development, market adoption strategies, and a carbon reduction analysis, showcasing the potential environmental benefits of MODUBE compared to conventional construction materials. The incorporation of waste materials and adherence to carbon reduction goals make MODUBE a sustainable choice for various stakeholders.