Unusual Building Materials – Chicken Feathers?

August 4, 2008 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

Okay I am ready to believe a lot of things can be converted to a practical use in building materials, but chicken feathers?

There is a professor in the Philippines by the name of Dr. Menandro N. Acda who has been funded to study the methods that might be employed to turn chicken feathers  and compressed cement into a termite resistant building board.

Excerpt from Treehugger.com: (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/08/chicken-feather-building-boards.php)

“Apparently the feathers when used as wood chip replacement create a board suitable for “for paneling, ceilings and as insulation but not for weight-bearing building components like walls or pillars.””

The full story is listed here: http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iQbuUu1IObkKj8sLuEEFBeo5LIrw

The mission behind this project seems to be twofold.  First is a method to make structures more termite resistant in the Philippines where the termites make those we deal with in California look like 98 pound weaklings compared to a Sumo wrestler. The second and more interesting reason is a way to safely dispose of an estimated 2.4 million pounds of chicken feather generated in the area annually.

This type of research while odd looking at first glance is certainly out of the box thinking and deserves a chance.  I hope he succeeds.

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