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This project was to develop a product using entirely recycled natural materials, based on non-polluting technology and allowing substantial energy savings. Ingredients used as additives in similar products, i.e. formaldehyde, glue, asbestos and petroleum derivatives, were eliminated. Pan-Terre is based upon the natural binding power of cellulose fibres, reduced to paste, which, combined with oven drying, present the requested features. The Pan-Terre building panel is made of a blend of waste paper and straw. This material is very popular in Belgium and France for inside renovation, prefabricated modular building and especially for soundproofing. Its performance is superior to that of plaster wall panels and wood fibre panels thanks to its extreme lightness, its superior resistance, its easy setting up and its sound and heat insulating qualities. Energy savings reached are : - during the test period: 164.83 tep/year, - during the average performance period: 505.57 tep/year. Gross investment return time: - 5.09 years for a production of 381 590 m(2)/year of panels.

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Authors: WAUTERS W, SA Pan-Terre, Herstal (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12344 FR/EN (1989) 67 pp., FS, ECU 6.25
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