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IIT Madras is modifying an eco-friendly construction material (GFRG), eliminating use of bricks - Green Showcase in Chennai
Glass Fibre Reinforced Gypsum is being modified for better structural and thermal advantages by a research team in IIT Madras.
Manufacture of GFRG (Glass Fibre Reinforced Gypsum) panels from the raw material gypsum, viz., natural gypsum, mineral gypsum, phospho-gypsum or chemical gypsum, with purity more than 90 per cent.
This GFRG is a green material.
Reduces use of energy intensive construction materials such as bricks, concrete, etc.
Formed as an evaporite mineral and as a hydration product of anhydrite, gypsum, Glass Fibre Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG) is a crucial eco-friendly component used in the construction.
Changes made to existing GFRG:
Saves fertile agricultural land and energy intensive burnt clay bricks.
IIT Madras has extended the use of panels as floor/roof slabs, staircase waist, and landing slabs. A complete building system was thus proposed by IIT Madras, with the use of GFRG panels alone, with minimal use of concrete and steel, and avoiding entirely the use of bricks
GFRG have also been approved by the World Bank as being eligible for 'carbon credits' under the Kyoto Protocol.
GFRG panels have been approved as a green material by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
GFRG, which is commercially known as Rapidwall®, are prefabricated hollow panels, introduced in Australia as an alternative building material in 1990.
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IIT Madras Innovates Eco-Friendly Low-Cost Houses : The article talks about how GFRG houses are cost effective and eco-friendly options in Indian conditions.
Blog: How IIT Madras built a flat for 6.5 lakhs : The article goes into detail on how IIT Madras officials built the house using GFRG.
Dr. A. Meher Prasad : For more information regarding the GFRG (Glass Fibre Reinforced Gypsum), you can contact Dr. Meher Prasad on LinkedIn.
Dr. A. Meher Prasad : For more information regarding the eco-friendly construction material, you can contact Dr. A. Meher Prasad through the university website.
Mr. Meher Prasad : Fore more information regarding the manufacturing of the materials and the additional changes made to the same, you can contact Mr. Meher Prasad through the university website.