Natural Material Innovation. Earth and Halloysite Nanoclay for a sustainable challange

  • Cesare Sposito University of Palermo
  • Francesca Scalisi DEMETRA Ce.Ri.Med.
Keywords: rammed earth, embodied energy, operational energy, halloysite and clay nanotubes, compressive strength

Abstract

Within the cultural debate that considers the environmental issue as a priority and with reference to the studies and researches that over the last years have supported compound materials containing rammed earth, the Authors, aware of the need of giving to the relationship of Project and Matter a key role, supported by the characteristics of Architectural Technology, show the results of an experimentation that aims to improve the performance of rammed earth with the contribution of nanotechnologies, developing a ‘new material’ with a reduced embodied energy and a reduced amount of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

Author Biographies

Cesare Sposito, University of Palermo

Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Polytechnic School, he teaches Architecture Construction Studio. He carries our research on protection systems for archaeological sites, innovative materials for architecture, nanotechnology in architecture, energy savings for buildings.
E-mail: cesare.sposito@unipa.it

Francesca Scalisi, DEMETRA Ce.Ri.Med.

Architect and PhD, she is Research Manager of the Euro-Mediterranean Documentation and Research Center in Palermo. She carries out research on green materials, innovative materials for architecture, nanomaterials, energy saving in buildings.
E-mail: francescascalisi@gmail.com

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Published
2019-06-30
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Sposito, C. and Scalisi, F. (2019) “Natural Material Innovation. Earth and Halloysite Nanoclay for a sustainable challange”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 5(online), pp. 59-72. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/572019.
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