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AC01 - Developing Homegrown Natural Fibre Insulation Products

Written by: CIC Start Online

"Developing ‘Homegrown’ Natural Fibre Insulation Products" by Glasgow Caledonian University and Kraft Architecture


Kraft Architecture has been working on in-house research into the processes and manufacturing of natural fibre products using home-grown & waste fibres. Having identified prototyping facilities, waste material suppliers and carried out market research into demand we are now at a stage where we wish to prototype the product and have the products undergo testing.

This project is focused primarily on the use the climatic chamber facility in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Centre for Research on Indoor Climate and Health to test the thermal performance, vapour diffusion, resistance co-efficient of prototype natural fibre insulation product(s) consisting of various recycled waste textile and cellulose materials.

We wish to establish performance characteristics for the purposes of progressing product development:

  • Density testing to EN 1602
  • Thermal testing to EN 13171
  • Diffusion testing to EN 12667

We expect to make further use of these facilities and the expertise afforded by the Centre for Research on Indoor Climate and Health in developing these products further.

Key words: building materials, thermal insulation, natural fibre


Webinar held on 29th March 2012:

Bruce Newlands, Kraft Architecture
Dr Paul Baker, Glasgow Caledonian University

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