The world’s pollution rate has a strong correlation with population growth, where this has concerned the government to take this problem seriously. Therefore, some actions to produce something that could reduce pollution become challenges for every scientist.

Carmen Trudell, an assistant professor from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design in New York, has developed a brick that could act like a vacuum cleaner that sucks pollutants in the air and releases filtered air. It is also known as “Breathe Brick”. This brick is design as a ventilation support system in buildings. It has a two-layer facade system, with special bricks on the outside and standard insulation on the inside. in it is installed silicon which makes the air rotate, and then the dust and other bad particles are filtered out to produce clean air.

The disadvantage of the breath brick system is that the brick walls themselves take up twice as much space as ordinary bricks. This can be used for bearing up to one or two storey heights. It is also more often used for parts with poor air quality. Pollution-absorbing bricks, in the long run, can become one of the most common materials needed to build a house as it will ensure a better quality of life for the occupants of built buildings and for nature.

According to a conducted survey, by running a wind tunnel test, it was proven that the system can filter 30% fine pollutant particles and 100% coarse particles such as dust.


Rory Stott (2015, August 12). This innovative brick sucks pollution from the air like a vacuum cleaner. Retrieved from