Researchers look at the possibilities of wood fly ash by-products as an alternative in rammed earth construction

By Josh Niland
Archinect News
March 2, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

New findings published in the journal Construction and Building Materials from a team of materials researchers working at the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s School of Engineering have demonstrated the sustainable qualities of using wood fly ash by-products as alternatives to traditional concrete additives. The study was undertaken in light of some recent popularity of rammed earth construction in the architectural field, an ancient form of building… “There is an increasing demand for sustainable building products here in Canada and around the world, and materials like fly ash are just the start of a new and important trend,” Dr. Sumi Siddiqua explained. Siddiqua’s team was part of a larger initiative with BC Housing and UBC’s Build Better Cluster that partners with Indigenous communities in the region to integrate rammed earth methods into newly constructed homes.

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