Term of Award

Summer 2017

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Committee Chair

Celine Manoosingh

Committee Member 1

Mike Jackson

Committee Member 2

Roger Purcell

Committee Member 3

Yunfeng Chen


The following study developed sustainable insulation and cementitious material, by directly incorporating agricultural wastes. A major amount of landfill wastes comes from construction and demolition waste (EPA, 2013). Design for Disassembly concept was approached to ease recycling process and curtail waste generation in construction industry. Hexagonal masonry block system was suggested for direct application of developed materials in the existing pre-fab insulation system and after disaster housing construction. A life cycle assessment comparison was conducted to evaluate the environmental performance of developed materials. Thermal properties, structural properties and environmental impacts of developed products, with respect to the traditional insulation and masonry block were investigated to project the most suitable material.

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