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.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département HESB | Architecture, bois et génie civil
  • Pôle de recherche Matériaux et la technologie du bois
  • Champ de recherche Matériaux composites et développement de mobilier
  • Organisme de financement DDC
  • Durée (prévue) 26.08.2010 - 31.08.2012
  • Responsable du projet Frédéric Pichelin
  • Direction du projet Andreas Rosenkranz
  • Équipe du projet Frédéric Pichelin
    Andreas Rosenkranz
    Charles Job
  • Partenaires - établissements de recherche, y c. BFH Department of Architecture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
    Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu

Contexte initial

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 theses 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.

Compétences clés

Production of composite panels, tannin technology