Start Date September 2013
Completion Date January 2014
Grant Holders: Masters student: Thomas Robinson. Supervised by Ranyl Rhydwen, Graduate School of the Environment, Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales
This is a preliminary comparative study into the viability of a clayboard alternative to conventional gypsum plasterboard. Assessment of existing products and technologies will build a picture of the existing orthodoxy and market. Five test samples will be fabricated with different proportions of clay and hemp. The best performing of these, in terms of thermal conductivity and moisture buffering, will be tested against the control (Gypsum Plasterboard) and a clayboard product already on the market. These tests will establish whether insulating clayboard will affect energy efficiency in the built environment, and its potential for reducing fuel poverty.