September 16, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
One night the big bad wolf, who dearly loved to eat fat little piggies, came along and saw the first little pig in his house of straw.
He said “Let me in, Let me in, little pig or I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in!”
“Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin”, said the little pig.
But of course the wolf did blow the house in and ate the first little pig.
The fairy tale would be different if the pig had used Strawjet Technology to build his straw house.
Strawjet uses fibrous cellulose material available from agricultural by-products such as straw, or many other post-harvest fiber sources, to produce building construction materials.
The fiber cable is a continuous “rope” or “braid” of agricultural waste fiber such as wheat straw, rice straw, or other widely available fiber sources, including the Jerusalem Artichoke, bundled into a two inch diameter cable. The cable is held tightly together by a wrapping of very high strength synthetic filaments.
It is the ejection of this cable from the rear of the cable engine that gives StrawJet its name.
The “cable” is then fed into either of two material manufacturing processes where it is cut to appropriate lengths and cast into structural members, i.e., posts and beams, or it is cast into building panels which can be very large or very many as required.
A wide variety of agricultural waste fiber sources can be used for StrawJet cables and the simplicity and flexibility of the casting formula make it easy to make building materials nearly worldwide. The farmer has the opportunity to produce a “second crop” of building materials every year and transportation costs are minimized as builders can obtain construction components close enough to almost any building site.
The construction materials are virtually fireproof, have excellent thermal insulation properties, are exceptionally earthquake tolerant. The entire manufacturing process is environmentally responsible and highly sustainable as the structural strength of the material is derived from a resource that, unlike trees, is renewed annually.