LafargeHolcim Foundation Prize Winning Projects in Sustainable Construction

Project Summary

Affordable building materials from recycled agricultural waste

This materials development project succeeded in processing agricultural waste into low-cost construction panels bonded with tannin-based adhesive.

Plant-based agricultural wastes from the cultivation of rice, maize and cassava crops provide natural fibers that are a sustainable resource for the production of building materials to achieve a reduction in construction costs, reducing dependence on imported, higher-cost alternatives.

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Acknowledgement prize to Nigeria
“A remarkable approach to ameliorate a number of current challenges in developing regions” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2011 for Region Africa Middle East
Project Details
Zaria, Nigeria
Charles Oluwole Job
Main Author
Charles Oluwole Job
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Architecture, Wood & Civil Engineering, Switzerland
Frédéric Pichelin
Further Author
Frédéric Pichelin
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Architecture, Wood & Civil Engineering , Switzerland
Acknowledgement prize 2011
Middle East Africa
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