Study of the Mechanical Properties of Giant Reed as a Green Building Material

CLARA E. FERRANDEZ, -GARCIA, and JAVIER ANDREU, -RODRIGUEZ, and MANUEL FERRANDEZ-, VILLENA and MARIA T. FERRANDEZ-, GARCIA and TERESA GARCIA, -ORTUNO (2014) Study of the Mechanical Properties of Giant Reed as a Green Building Material. In: Second International Conference on Advances In Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering- ACSEE 2014, 25 - 26 October 2014, Zurich, Switzerland.

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In the building sector advances are being made using natural green materials for the manufacture of building elements that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Traditionally, in this sector, local materials with low energy cost and low environmental impact were used. In the Mediterranean Countries giant reed was used as a building material until the 1960´s, being replaced afterwards by other modern materials like concrete. Nowadays, in rural areas, inhabited dwellings made with giant reed can still be found. The reeds are used for ceiling, flooring, slabs, false ceilings and walls. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanical properties of the giant reed to provide technical data to support the utilization of this green material for sustainable building. The results showed that the giant reed behaves mechanically like a softwood structural timber, having at the same time lower thermal conductivity than wood. Thus it can be used as a sustainable building material.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Giant reed, Arundo donax, modulus of elasticity, sustainable building, low thermal conductivity.
Depositing User: Mr. John Steve
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 08:32
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:32

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