Criaterra Innovations in Holon, Israel, produces locally sourced, environmentally friendly precast construction materials that are scientifically advanced, cost-efficient, and sustainable. The non-fired wall tiles, cladding, and load-bearing masonry blocks save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.
Israeli startup Criaterra Innovations, founded by Ela Ben-Yehuda, is introducing precast construction materials made from restructured, locally sourced natural or recycled materials.
The wall tiles are made from non-soluble minerals such as concrete and asphalt industry leftovers and are available in different colours, while soon-to-follow cladding and load-bearing masonry blocks will use materials such as glass or volcanic ash.
The company’s formulation is designed through an algorithm it developed and is adapted to use locally available materials in each geography. Criaterra products will always be made in facilities close to the building site, with a low-carbon process that saves 80% of the CO2 emissions and 90% of the energy of other methods.
The company has no direct competition for its non-fired tiles, which are similar in price to products currently in use. Criaterra bio-geo stone is not fired at ultra-high temperatures, keeping the material “alive” and able to return to its original state.
Criaterra signed its first joint venture agreement in Europe and is working toward its first full-scale industrial line. The business, which has 18 employees, received funding from the Israel Innovation Authority and won €2m ($2.2m) in grant money and equity from Horizon 2020’s European Innovation Council Fund.
It has installed over half a million units in Israel, Europe and Asia, and will soon install its first product in the US.
- The company uses an algorithm to create precast construction materials made from restructured, locally sourced natural or recycled materials.
- The tiles do not require ultra-high temperatures and therefore save 80% of CO2 emissions and 90% of energy.