Building Sustainability – Growing the perfect insulation

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This month sees us talking to Judith Thornton from Aberystwyth University. 
 
Judith is looking at alternative natural insulators that can be grown. She has a particular interest in how we stop biodegradable materials biodegrading.  

Judith was just involved in building the world’s first miscanthus insulated house. The Miscanthus was baled up like a regular straw bale and the house was build in the same way that a regular straw bale house would be.

Why does she want to improve on current straw bale materials?

  • She is looking for plants that are perennials, which are therefore better for soil quality and require less intensive farming. 
  • She is looking for plants that have a higher resistance to biodegrading should there be a moisture issue in a house, or freak plumbing accident.   

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  • John Shore AA Dipl
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    I would prefer to use either sawdust or existing ‘tree’ based insulations. (Steico, Gutex, Pavatex etc…)

    https://www.swedishwood.com/wood-magazine/2016-2/inhibit-moisture/

  • Lynn Watson
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    Layers of avocado skin. I ‘m observing some that keep getting chucked back in the compost bin year after year… I suspect they’ll outlast me!

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