Submitted by: Waldland Vermarktungs gbmH
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Certification of straw balls as building and insulation material
An initiative in the Lower Austrian village of Friedersbach seeks to certify straw balls as building and insulation material in order to enable the utilization of this widespread and readily available agricultural product in new construction and prefabricated construction. The greatest impediment to such usage in construction has been the lack of certification. In order to achieve such certification, a special pressing technique and a dedicated application method for the straw were developed. The project seeks to offer small and medium-sized companies in Lower Austria the opportunity to efficiently exploit some 756 tons of excess straw. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2009.