Straw Building Products are Really Strong!

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Straw, a waste by-product of, most notably, the wheat industry has been gaining in popularity for use in the green building industry, and for good reason.   It’s long been an environmental issue to dispose of straw, the remaining by-product of wheat grain after it is harvested.  Typically, it has been burned which causes serious air pollution problems.

Here’s where eco-friendly strawboard panels come in. They can replace gypsum drywall which consumes much more energy to produce.  The studs aren’t even needed in some interior partition walls with these highly compressed straw panels!   Other applications include:  interior and exterior walls, load and non-bearing ceilings, roofing, doors, and flooring.  Also, since wheat is grown in the U.S. and around the world every year for food, it is a rapidly renewable resource.

Key features of strawboard panels include: affordability and reduction of sound transmission.  Plus, they’re also fire-, termite-, mold-, and impact-resistant.  Strawboard is similar to wood and can be sawn, drilled, routed, nailed, screwed, and glued.

Two companies manufacture strawboard panels here in the U.S.:

Source:  Toolbase.org

Tag(s): Green Building, Green Furnishings, Reclaimed Materials

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  3. Kobie on June 9th, 2013 3:01 pm

    I want to find out more about the manufacturing of boards for building uses made out of straw.

  4. Kobie on June 24th, 2013 4:51 am

    I am interested in the manufacturing of straw boards in South Africa.I need more information. We are located in a wheat producing area.
    Thank you

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