May 11, 2010

Midwest Biopolymers & Biocomposites Workshop


Poster Abstracts

101: How to Insulate Your House with Corn (or Not)

Mikesch W. Muecke

Department of Architecture, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

A collaboration between members of the Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team, Center for Crops Utilization Research, the College of Design, and the College of Engineering at Iowa State University developed foamed zein to use as insulation in the Interlock House, Iowa State’s bid for the DOE-sponsored 2009 Solar Decathlon competition. The poster tracks the history of biobased materials for architectural uses and the specific attempts to use zein for the Solar Decathlon house, with the subsequent failure of the foam during smoke and flame testing.