It is very important to calculate the impact that papercrete has in the environment during the whole life cycle. Building regulations require minimum thermal standards for cladding. They should provide an acceptable level of thermal comfort with minimal environmental impact.
There are variety of properties which effect the ecological and human environment. Most of them are difficult to quantify including pollution renewability, recyclability, labour exploitation, etc.
Embodied energy is an environmental property which allows us to compare environmental impact of different materials.
- This blog is about research on papercrete as part of my graduation project.
Papercrete is an experimental material which replaces some amount of cement with paper pulp in the mix. There is no information about its structural behavior and durability, that why its use remains limited. The goal is to bring papercrete closer to standardization.
Good design idea will be the one which combine all the materials properties, low price – lightweight – flexibility -surface texture. Papercrete facade panels have the potential to be competitive to the market.