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Thermal Characterisation Of Bio-based Building Materials


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S. Costanzo, A. Cusumano, C. Giaconia & G. Giaconia


The characterisation of indigenous renewable biomass sources applicable for making bio-based building (BBB) materials is crucial as it can significantly affect the cost of production and the quality of material. Nowadays in any specific area, wide ranges of biomass sources are usually available but only a few sources may be suitable for making BBB material. Therefore the suited sources should be determined. In this paper, the use of BBB materials is focused on Insulation Materials which are widely used in the buildings. Compared with currently used materials, these materials are bio-degradable. Insulation material with a good energy-adsorbing property and binder material have been developed as a mixture of renewable biomass and concrete under certain of reaction conditions. In detail, the BBB material can contribute to energy saving in terms of consumption of low energy during its production process, as well as of degradability. The experimental assessment of non steady-state thermal characteristics of a BBB material is presented here. The results will be useful to develop a database of the physical properties available for the building industry. Keywords: bio-based materials, sustainable materials, thermal properties. 1 Introduction Studies concerning the revaluation and use of human and natural resources and their contribution to social economy and ecology are of paramount importance in modern urban planning. Bio-based materials are an important natural resource


bio-based materials, sustainable materials, thermal properties.