The project aim is to create an Italian-Albanian-Montenegrin network to support the valorisation of agricultural waste derived from the in-filed and industrial agro-processing and promote their usage within the framework of the European Directives for rational use of energy, with particular reference to public buildings.
The reuse of waste allows to avoid the open-air burning, frequent and hazardous practice from a public health viewpoint. As matter of fact, it is estimated that burning biomass releases in the environment high percentages of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter (PM), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Thus, currently, this practice is forbidden by the law in the most countries.
The project responds to the requirement of promoting the circular economy design process for a regenerative economy, converting waste, provided by local agricultural companies, into a resource usable as a new raw material for the production of sustainable building components and contribute to obtain greener and “low impact” nearly-zero energy buildings.
The final goal of the project is to disseminate the knowledge on the potential use of the agro-waste as building materials also using the self-building practice, demonstrating their practical advantages.