Siberian scientists suggest using good old peat in new building winterization technology

Siberian scientists suggest using good old peat in new building winterization technologyTomsk scientists in Siberia have developed peat-based construction materials that could one day replace more expensive conventional heat insulation.

Researchers of Tomsk State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (TSUACE) in Siberia have developed peat-based construction materials that could one day replace more expensive conventional heat insulation, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports, citing Natalia Kapanitsa, the director of TSUACE?s Research Institute of Construction Materials. Peat was widely used in regional construction more than a hundred years ago. Wooden structures in buildings have shown little sign of age over the decades because of peat?s aseptic properties. ?Peat possesses some properties that builders value. On the other hand, it burns, is hydrolabile and not as strong as builders need. We have applied our know-how to improve its properties by using a range of new additives, equipment and treatment modes,? Ms. Kapanitsa explained. She reminded that peat is an eco-friendly renewable material. Using peat to make construction materials takes a lot less energy than in manufacturing any other such products; and peat adds 10-to-15 percent to a material?s heat insulating capacity. At the moment, the scientists are seeking investors to further their project...