Development of biocolonization resistant mortars: preliminary results

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The negative impact of biocolonization on buildings, particularly rendered ones, prompted the evaluation of a hydraulic mortar formulation to which copper metal, either as a powder or as fibres, was added as a means to control this problem. The study used in situ exposure in a location prone to biocolonization for over nine years. The results have proved that over this time period, no biocolonization occurred on samples containing 0.35 % by weight of copper powder with regards to the dry mortar mix. The mortar proved to acquire a slightly bluer-green hue which diminished after the nine year outdoor exposure. The mortars formulated with copper have a lower porosity as well as a lower capillary water absorption coefficient a definite advantage for their eventual life span. On the other hand, the mechanical resistance is slightly decreased but not significantly so. Further studies are envisioned to assess the performance with other types of binder, such as aerial lime.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-400
JournalRestoration of Buildings and Monuments
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Mortar
  • Hydraulic mortar
  • Copper
  • biocolonization on render


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