Rice husks alternative to particleboard

A team of students from the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering recently won two awards at an international design competition for a material composed of rice husks that they created as a less costly, more environmentally friendly and termite resistant alternative to particleboard.

In the students’ design, the rice husks, which contain termite-resistant silica, replace woodchips found in traditional particleboard. The students then use environmentally friendly materials to bind the particleboard.

Initial cost estimates show four-by-eight-foot rice husk boards would cost about US$18. 

While the main focus of the project was to create a building material for relief structures in the Philippines, there is also a strong potential to use the boards for furniture in the United States.

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