Fast-growing grass-based building boards are gaining attention from the construction industry, because they use 9 times less land than traditional wood products.
The global market of these materials (grass and engineered wood) is on the rise: within the next 4 years it could reach the record figure of 400 billion dollars.
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All indications are that the new grass-based building boards could play a significant role in reducing the environmental impact of buildings. This is the classic technology that seems to have been born yesterday but has distant origins: it has already been tested in various private laboratories for 20 years.
The company that seems closest to mass diffusion on the market is the American Plantd, which has perfected its method on a particular type of herb, the one obtained from a long-stemmed perennial herbaceous plant: the domestic cane giant.
Weed, giant joint… Ok, have a few jokes and giggles, then we'll continue.
The peculiarity of this plant, as mentioned, is that it consumes much less soil. Because it grows upwards, even reaching 9 meters (30 feet) in height, and in 1 hectare of land (2,4 acres) almost 8 tons of grass can be harvested per year. By seizing tens of tons of CO2.
On top of that, these grass panels are lighter, more flexible and resistant to moisture. They do not "burn" trees and forests and have rapid regrowth. Do you understand why they have all the credentials to replace construction wood?
Plantd's 100% electric manufacturing facilities are modular and capable of producing multiple products (including panels and posts) from a single location. This will help the company to easily "scale" production according to market demand.
Yep, the question. It is currently the only aspect that is lagging behind: awareness of the opportunities that come from the use of truly more sustainable materials (not from crap greenwashed) grows slower than grass.