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Title: ALTERNATIVE BUILDING MATERIAL -WATER HYACINTH FIBRE BOARD
Authors: ONG JING YI, DENIEL
Keywords: Building
Project and Facilities Management
Kua Harn Wei
2010/2011 PFM
Sound absorption
Sustainable development
Thermal conductivity
Water hyacinth
Issue Date: 20-May-2011
Citation: ONG JING YI, DENIEL (2011-05-20). ALTERNATIVE BUILDING MATERIAL -WATER HYACINTH FIBRE BOARD. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The construction industry has been introducing measures towards sustainable development. In recent years, synthetic-based materials such as glass or plastics have led to a global ecological imbalance scenario due to the ever increasing pollution problems and also diminishing natural resources. It was felt more can be done to achieve sustainable construction and overcome depleting resources. The aim is to introduce an innovative solution by using Water Hyacinth as a form of building materials. Water hyacinth is chosen for its fibrous nature, and its reputation of being the fastest growing plants known in the world. By tapping into its fibrous characteristics, the plant will be studied for its feasibility of being made into insulation boards. 3 main stages of investigations are carried out. Firstly, better understanding on the topic have to be gathered from primary and secondary resources from field visits, interviews, online researches, journals and articles. Secondly, experiments will be carried out to extract the plant fibres and manufacture them into insulation boards. Lastly, the product will go through several tests, including thermal conductivity and sound absorption. Water hyacinth plants are the main subject of study in this research but apart from that, another recycled material- waste paper, will also form part of the experimental samples. This dissertation aims not to involve any of the traditional material resources such as cement, sand or synthetic adhesive which are commonly used in fibre board production. The significance of this dissertation is to illustrate the feasibility of producing a sustainable building material made up solely of environmental friendly components and recycled materials. The success of this study will contribute a new product to the construction industry, one of which will contribute heavily to sustainable development.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222291
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