In recent years, concrete has been accessible and economical in the construction industry, resulting in high demand for its components. Cement is known for its negative impact on the environment, which has led researchers to investigate alternative supplementary materials. Recently, biochar has been proposed as a replacement to cement in small amounts, with an optimum amount of 0.08–5, resulting in increased strength and enhancement of other properties of concrete composites. The biochar production process and its components are more economical and environmentally friendly than that of cement. In this review, we focus on research highlighting the properties of biochar that aid in the enhancement of biochar mortar and concrete composite properties. We explore properties of biochar such as water absorption, as well as compressive, flexural and tensile strength. Progress has been made in research on biochar concrete composites; however, additional investigations are required with respect to its carbon-sequestering abilities and life cycle assessment for its production process.
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