UBC Undergraduate Research

Rapidly renewable materials : wool and cork Ou-Yang, Bin; Bin, David; Bhan, Ritesh


This report presents an investigation into the feasibility of using two rapidly renewable materials, cork and wool, in the new student union building. The prime objective of this report is to analyze these materials in terms of their economical factors, environmental factors, and social factors. This analysis is also referred to as triple-bottom-line assessment. Rapidly renewable materials (RRMs) are materials that can be regenerated within ten years. The short generation cycle make these materials significant in the LEED qualification. It is believed that using RRMs can reduce our demand on finite raw material and thus, promote the sustainable development. In the following paragraphs, the cost effectiveness, environmental impacts, and social impacts of cork and wool are discussed. Comparison between RRMs and alternative materials are presented. We are confident that the valuable information elaborated in this report will help the shareholders of the new student union building make appropriate decisions pertaining to the use of construction material. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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