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EPA Grant Number: SU832512
Title: Growing alternative sustainable buildings: bio-composite products from natural fiber, bio-degradable and recyclable polymer materials for load-bearing construction components
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor students will develop and test new product design concepts using bio-composite materials in load-bearing elements in buildings. These materials will be derived from agricultural fibers combined with recyclable polymers. The challenge is to develop alternative and innovative design concepts that optimize the unique environmentally beneficial properties of these materials. The project is an educational and research project that will revolutionize design and construction methods towards more sustainable buildings.