Bio-Based Materials for the Italian Construction Industry: Buildings as Carbon Sponges

Written by esba

This work brings together some recent research and results in activities aiming at investigating the environmental benefits of using bio-based materials for the construction and refurbishment of residential buildings. The positive environmental effects of wood and other biogenic materials replacing other, more important, conventional ones, analysed through the application of Life Cycle Assessment methods, are here reported. Moreover, the investigated strategies for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) are here discussed, to evaluate the potential of carbon uptake of fast-growing biogenic materials when used as insulation systems. The results show the effectiveness of bio-based materials in contributing to the mitigation strategies of the impacts due to climate change.


  1. Carcassi, Olga Beatrice
  2. De Angelis, Enrico
  3. Iannaccone, Giuliana
  4. Malighetti, Laura Elisabetta
  5. Masera, Gabriele
  6. Pittau, Francesco


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The European Straw Building Association is an independent European association, devoid of any profit making motive. The object of the Association is to promote and develop the use of straw, as a sustainable way of building in all the senses of the term “sustainable”: renewable, ecological, healthy, energy and climate efficient, social and economic.
The Association is a federation composed of organisations and people particularly concerned with the use of straw in buildings.