Submitted by: Gruppe Angepasste Technologie (GrAT), Centre for Appropriate Technology
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Certification, logistics and quality management for straw balls

The core goal of this project is the strategic continued development of straw in the construction industry based on research results to date. There are three main emphases: the certification of straw balls as a construction material, the development of an efficient logistic concept to ensure year-round availability for this seasonal product, and the development of a concept for a quality management system for construction-grade straw balls encompassing the entire production process and includes adequate quality criteria and measurement procedures as well as labeling and documentation of all process steps. The project is to be concluded by 2010 with large-scale CO2 emission savings and low consumption of resources and energy through the use of straw balls as insulation material.

Category: Earth