Cereal Straw Production Analysis, Availability of Materials, and Provincial Map for Manufacturing of Sustainable Prefabricated Panels

Carlos Cobreros, Domingo Espinosa, Francisco Hidalgo, A. Manzano-Ramírez, José Luis Reyes

Abstract


Throughout history, energy consumption and the demand for resources have gradually increased. The construction industry, by direct or indirect actions, consumes over 50% of the energy produced, is responsible for 30% of the CO2 emissions, and consumes more raw material than any other industrial activity. Architecture alone cannot solve global environmental problems, but it can contribute significantly. A high recyclability rate can be achieved through the management of renewable natural materials or waste. The application of prefabricated building systems can be an economical solution, saving energy and reducing waste. This work presents the prefabricated compressed straw panel as part of a paradigm shift toward sustainable architecture, which offers the opportunity to use new materials and construction systems but takes local and specific circumstances into account. The density of cereal straw for use in prefabricated compressed straw panel production in Badajoz, Spain was also studied.

Keywords


Cereal straw; Straw panel; Sustainable architecture

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