Durra Panel, an Australian-made building material, is a revolutionary solution for internal wall and ceiling lining. This innovative product is crafted from compressed straw, offering a sustainable alternative that addresses several environmental concerns.
The core of Durra Panel is made entirely from reclaimed wheat straw, a by-product of annual wheat harvesting that is typically wasted. By utilising this straw, Durra Panel prevents the harmful practice of burning it in the fields, releasing stored carbon and contributing to air pollution. The manufacturing process is a model of sustainability, requiring no water or gas, only heat and pressure to self-bind the straw core, eliminating the need for glues, resins, or binding agents.
Durra Panel’s sustainable approach extends to its sourcing and transportation. The straw is sourced within 100km of the manufacturing facility, fostering partnerships with local farmers and reducing the carbon footprint. The product itself is highly efficient, with every square metre storing 8.5kg of carbon within its core. Additionally, Durra Panel offers modularity, allowing for reuse in future projects, and it is 100 percent biodegradable.
This innovative building material boasts exceptional durability, thermal resistance, acoustic performance, and safety benefits. Durra Panel is not only an environmentally conscious choice but also a high-performance alternative to traditional construction materials. Its low embodied energy, long lifespan, and minimal environmental impact make it a sustainable option for architects, builders, and homeowners looking to reduce their ecological footprint.
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