Next Article in Journal
Caught in a Deadlock: Small Ruminant Farming on the Greek Island of Samothrace. The Importance of Regional Contexts for Effective EU Agricultural Policies
Next Article in Special Issue
Innovative Multidisciplinary Methodology for the Analysis of Traditional Marginal Architecture
Previous Article in Journal
Understanding the Conceptual Evolutionary Path and Theoretical Underpinnings of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Sustainability
Previous Article in Special Issue
Assessment of Passive Retrofitting Strategies to Improve the Thermal Performance of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Storage Area in Traditional Rural Olive Mills
Open AccessReview

Organized Framework of Main Possible Applications of Sheep Wool Fibers in Building Components

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, Building and Land Engineering Section, Via S. Sofia 100, 95123 Catania, Italy
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 761; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030761
Received: 20 December 2019 / Revised: 13 January 2020 / Accepted: 17 January 2020 / Published: 21 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Exploration of Sustainability in Traditional Rural Buildings)
Greasy sheep wool is currently considered a special waste for its high bacterial load, with expensive disposal costs for sheep breeders. For this reason, wool is often burned or buried, with serious consequences for the environment. On the other hand, sheep wool is well regarded as one of the most performative insulating natural fibers due to its thermo-hygrometric and acoustic properties. In the building sector, sheep wool meets the requirements of green building components because it is an eco-friendly material, there is a surplus of it, it is annually renewable, and totally recyclable. If used instead of common insulation materials (e.g., fiberglass, rock wool, polyurethane foam, polystyrene), sheep wool offers significant benefits for sustainability such as a reduction in the production costs for new insulating materials and in environmental pollution. Mechanical and physical properties of sheep wool investigated in previous studies were assessed and discussed with the aim of providing an organized framework of possible applications of wool fibers in building components. This paper highlights in detail aspects that have not yet been investigated enough to detect new potential uses of sheep wool fibers in rural buildings and the reuse of traditional ones. View Full-Text
Keywords: agricultural waste management; natural fibers; environmental sustainability; thermal-acoustic insulation agricultural waste management; natural fibers; environmental sustainability; thermal-acoustic insulation
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Parlato, M.C.M.; Porto, S.M.C. Organized Framework of Main Possible Applications of Sheep Wool Fibers in Building Components. Sustainability 2020, 12, 761. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030761

AMA Style

Parlato MCM, Porto SMC. Organized Framework of Main Possible Applications of Sheep Wool Fibers in Building Components. Sustainability. 2020; 12(3):761. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030761

Chicago/Turabian Style

Parlato, Monica C.M.; Porto, Simona M.C. 2020. "Organized Framework of Main Possible Applications of Sheep Wool Fibers in Building Components" Sustainability 12, no. 3: 761. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030761

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop