Affordable building materials from recycled agricultural waste

Abundantly available agricultural residues are tested for their applicability as raw material for particleboard production. The effects of different parameters on the mechanical properties and the swelling behaviour are investigated.


  • Departement BFH | Architektur, Holz und Bau
  • Forschungsschwerpunkt Werkstoffe und Holztechnologie
  • Forschungsfeld Verbundwerkstoffe und Möbelentwicklung
  • Förderorganisation DEZA
  • Laufzeit (geplant) 26.08.2010 - 31.08.2012
  • Projektverantwortung Frédéric Pichelin
  • Projektleitung Andreas Rosenkranz
  • Projektmitarbeitende Frédéric Pichelin
    Andreas Rosenkranz
    Charles Job
  • Mitwirkende Projektpartner Forschungsinstitutionen inkl. BFH Department of Architecture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
    Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu


The agricultural waste in abundance in Northern Nigeria presents a major environmental challenge. Similarly waste plastic materials which are non-biodegradable form an environmental pollutant. The research is an attempt to identify, categorize this waste and specifically explore the possibility of producing composite building materials for diverse use. The materials produced are to be tested and used for thermal insulation, sound dampening, insulation and structural uses.


Production of composite panels from agricultural residues and characterisation of their properties. Comparison with EN standards for building materials and definition of possible fields of application.


Production of composite panels, tannin technology