The growing awareness of the benefits of biomaterials has led ISOBIO, a European research project, to focus on developing insulating solutions relying on bio-based aggregates such as straw or clay.
The ISOBIO scientists say that by using locally sourced plant waste, it may be possible to halve the embodied energy involved in producing insulation panels. Plant waste has the added bonus of locking CO2 inside the insulation material, reducing its overall carbon footprint.
Post date: 22 jun 2015
Good news for those planning to build a new home: novel insulation materials based on plant waste, such as straw, clay and grass could offer 20% better insulation than traditional materials.
Other relevant factors, such as reducing the energy and CO2 emissions needed to create and transport traditional construction materials, could contribute to the reduction in total ‘embodied energy’ across the whole lifecycle of a building, as much as up to 50%.
Post date: 18 mei 2015
Bio-based aggregates such as straw, clay, wheat or grasses mixed with innovative binders might hold the key to a more environmentally friendly construction process and substantial improvements in energy efficiency for everything from individual private residences to major public buildings.
Post date: 14 mei 2015
La primera vivienda pasiva de estructura de madera y aislamiento de paja de la Península Ibérica que alcanza la certificación Passivhaus.
Una casa de paja que se encuentra en la localidad de Collsuspina, Catalunya, ha sobrevivido a los fuertes soplidos del lobo feroz hasta alcanzar los exigentes requerimientos del estándar Passivhaus. La Larixhaus se une al grupo de más de 25.000 edificios Passivhaus terminados hasta la fecha alrededor del mundo.
Post date: 5 mei 2015
The first prefabricated straw bale and timber passive home on the Iberian Peninsula secures Passivhaus certification.
A straw home located in the town of Collsuspina, Catalonia, in northern Spain has met the stringent demands of the Passivhaus standard. The Larixhaus joins the ranks of more than 25,000 Passivhaus buildings completed to date across the world.
Post date: 5 mei 2015