Investigations Regarding the Thermal Conductivity of Straw

Tomme: LVI (LX) | Fascicle: 3 | 2010
Pages: 9-16
Abstract text:
The reduction of buildings heat losses and pollutants emissions is a worldwide priority. It’s intending to reduce the specific final energy consumption under limit of 120...150 kWh/m2.yr and even under 15...45 kWh/m2.yr, foreseen in 2020 for the passive houses, which is necessary for a sustainable development and for allowing to became profitable the use of unconventional energies [1]. These values can be achieved through the use of thermal insulations, for protecting the constructions fund and through making envelope elements, as much as possible, from materials with a high thermal resistance, for new buildings. With intention to substitute the conventional thermal insulations: mineral wool, expanded polystyrene, which are both great energy consumers, it’s proposed, among others unconventional technologies and materials, the use of vegetable wastes both as a thermal insulation material and as a material used for building load-bearing and in-fill straw-bale construction. In speciality literature there are presented experimental determinations of this material’s thermal conductivity. The paper proposes a simple method, adequate for the measurement of thermal conductivity for bulk’s materials as straw bales.
Key Words:
thermal conductivity; vegetable wastes; straw bales buildings; energy efficiency; sustainable development.

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Author(s) Information

Marian Pruteanu
Affiliation: „Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University, Jassy, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering.

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