Transforming Renewable Grass Into Building Materials

To innovate in the fight against climate change, the startup Plantd devised a method of turning a fast-growing perennial grass into a building material that is stronger, lighter and more moisture-resistant than traditional panels—while maintaining the same price. The company works with local farmers near Durham, North Carolina to grow the renewable grass which is adept at capturing carbon. In their electric and modular factory, engineers separate the grass fibers, converting them into a material stronger than wood which can be used for roof decking, wall sheathing and sub-flooring. The novel technology will not only create more efficient homes without any wall gaps, but it also attests to the ways architecture and construction can be used as solutions to a warming climate. Learn more at Interesting Engineering.

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