Building-integrated carbon capturing

Harvey Bryan, Fahad Ben Salamah

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Building-integrated carbon capturing (BICC) represents a new approach to existing carbon capture technology called Moisture Swing Air Capture Technology, by attempting to integrate this carbon-capturing technology onto building facades. This approach treats building facades as giant artificial leaves that absorb carbon dioxide from the air and convert it into useful carbon-based materials without negatively impacting the environment. In this paper, we will explore how this technology can be modified to be installed on a building's façade in the form of fabric shading devices that absorb carbon dioxide. A cleaning chamber moves along tracks (similar to a window-cleaning system) to moisten the fabric shades and dissolve the bicarbonate on the fibers. This process results in a carbonate and CO2 liquid that can be compressed and stored for use in a variety of industrial applications. We will use performance data from several non-building devices that have been previously developed and tested to generate the magnitude of the CO2 that can be captured with this type of technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDesign to Thrive, PLEA 2017
EditorsLuisa Brotas, Sue Roaf, Fergus Nicol
PublisherNCEUB 2017 - Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780992895754
StatePublished - 2017
Event33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 2 2017Jul 5 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017


Conference33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Building
  • Capture
  • Carbon
  • CO
  • Integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


Dive into the research topics of 'Building-integrated carbon capturing'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this