A WSU project to make novel building materials from construction waste is continuing to gain traction with a commercialization grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

The two-year grant will support development of a market-ready, non-structural prototype of the building materials for interior applications. The underlying technology was developed by the WSU researchers in 2017 as a way to reduce waste, create affordable building materials and lower housing costs.

The WSU team, which includes Taiji Miyasaka, professor, and David Drake, scholarly assistant professor in the School of Design and Construction, will work with DTG Recycle, the Pacific Northwest’s largest recycler of construction waste, on building a full-scale wall assembly to demonstrate the viability of the building materials in real-world applications.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways, according to their website.