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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), NEXUS-NY, Rotch Foundation, enel Foundation

Mae-Ling Lokko, Anna Dyson, Naomi Keena, Jason Vollen, Matt Gindlesparger, Aletheia Ida, Bess Krietemeyer, Brandon Andow, Joshua Draper

Journal of Industrial Ecology (2021)

Marco Raugei, Naomi Keena, Nick Novelli, Mohamed Aly Etman + Anna Dyson (2021)

In Proceedings of the 2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: Carbon. Pennsylvania State University, virtual conference (2020)

Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman + Anna Dyson (2021)

Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, Yale University and United Nations One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (2020)

Naomi Keena + Anna Dyson (2020)

Ecological Modelling, 367, 42-57 (2018)

Naomi Keena, Marco Raugei, Mohamed Aly Etman, Daniel Ruan + Anna Dyson (2018)

In Proceedings of the 9th biennial emergy conference. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida Gainesville, FL (2017)

Keena, N., Aly M., Diniz, N., Rempel A., Dyson A. (2017)

PLEA 2016 Los Angeles: Towards Regenerative Environments (2017)

Mae-Ling Lokko, Anna Dyson + Alexandra Rempel (2017)

Industry: SHoP Architects, Ecovative, Willow Technologies, Strawtec, AMBIS Technologies, E2e Materials, Gray Organschi Architects, JIG Design Build


Academic/National Labs: Oak Ridge National Labs, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University

team

Mae-Ling Lokko, Anna Dyson, Naomi Keena, Jason Vollen, Matt Gindlesparger, Aletheia Ida, Bess Krietemeyer, Brandon Andow, Joshua Draper

sponsors

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), NEXUS-NY, Rotch Foundation, enel Foundation

collaborators

Industry: SHoP Architects, Ecovative, Willow Technologies, Strawtec, AMBIS Technologies, E2e Materials, Gray Organschi Architects, JIG Design Build


Academic/National Labs: Oak Ridge National Labs, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University

Marco Raugei, Naomi Keena, Nick Novelli, Mohamed Aly Etman + Anna Dyson (2021)

Journal of Industrial Ecology (2021)

Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman + Anna Dyson (2021)

In Proceedings of the 2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: Carbon. Pennsylvania State University, virtual conference (2020)

Naomi Keena + Anna Dyson (2020)

Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, Yale University and United Nations One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (2020)

Naomi Keena, Marco Raugei, Mohamed Aly Etman, Daniel Ruan + Anna Dyson (2018)

Ecological Modelling, 367, 42-57 (2018)

Keena, N., Aly M., Diniz, N., Rempel A., Dyson A. (2017)

In Proceedings of the 9th biennial emergy conference. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida Gainesville, FL (2017)

Mae-Ling Lokko, Anna Dyson + Alexandra Rempel (2017)

PLEA 2016 Los Angeles: Towards Regenerative Environments (2017)

selected publications

Alternative housing solutions are needed in developing countries to address the world-wide growth of slums and the sharp rise in energy consumption. Tropical housing designed according to bio-climactic principles and constructed of emerging bio-materials can offer an alternative to hot and humid conditions in prototypical social housing schemes.


Coconut husk board promises to be a viable and high-performing substitute for imported wood-based sheathing and siding products, especially in the tropics, where a substantial volume of husk byproduct from coconut production waste chain could be reclaimed and processed into building materials at an industrial scale. When manufactured as a desiccant board, the coconut husk absorbs water vapor, creating a drier, more comfortable environment.

Construction materials from agricultural by-products and materials, such as: bamboo, hemp, rice, mushrooms, coconut husk, could offer viable solutions to the need for immediately available materials with appropriate response to climate conditions.

Renewable resources are infinite.

How can we replace our extractive, toxic material processes with bio-based circular economies?

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Renewable bio-based circular material economies in timber, post-agricultural by-products and plant-based bioremediation

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We harness the potential of numerous biocompatible materials to circular cradle-to-cradle economies in design and construction.

Image: Construction module from Coconut Agricultural Waste

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