What is an Ekopanely board and where can it be used?
Ekopanely boards are ecological and vapour permeable construction panels. They are pressed at high temperatures and under high pressure to create a core of compressed straw using no bonding agents and enclosed using recycled cardboard. Ekopanely boards are 100% natural, fully recyclable building material suitable as a permanent part of a building. Ekopanely boards are used as a structural element in constructions, for cladding wooden structures, loft conversions, reconstruction of old buildings, etc. Building a turnkey house from eco-panels, or even constructing a DIY wooden building is something available to literally everyone. Ekopanely boards can be used to clad any type of structure up to height of 22.5 m. Ekopanely boards are 100% recyclable and ecological, are fire-resistant, have excellent sound-dampening properties, are solid, robust and mechanical durable, and accumulate heat and insulate very well.
Can an Ekopanely board burn? It is made from straw, after all!
It will not burn! The straw in Ekopanely board is pressed under very high pressure so that it contains very little of the air needed for a fire to burn. It is as if we wanted to burn a telephone directory in a fire place – this will also not burn without our help.
Can Ekopanely boards be eaten by mice or other rodents?
Threshed straw is used to make Ekopanely boards, which is subject to high pressure when it is pressed in production. The straw core of the Ekopanely board is encased in three layers of recycled paper. After an Ekopanely board is installed into a structure, the surface is penetrated and a final surface finish is applied, which does not attract rodents.
How do Ekopanely boards cope with humidity?
After the Ekopanely board has been pressed, micro-pores are created in its core, which absorb air humidity. The panel retains this humidity until the temperature conditions around the Ekopanely board change for the better. The Ekopanely board then releases the humidity, moistening the air inside the room.
What is the lifetime of a house made from Ekopanely boards?
Dry straw pressed to form a panel can last for up to 100 years. This has been proven by experience from the first panels made in England, which were used to build economical prefabricated houses from 1942 to 1960. These houses are now 70 years old and still properly serve their purpose. Further proof lies in the straw used in the partition walls when the Prague Lucerna was built in 1936. That remained at the same good quality until the recent reconstruction work.
Is it complicated to install Ekopanely boards? Can I manage it myself?
Installing an Ekopanely board is not a complicated process. Although it is a panel system, the basic technological procedures must be followed. Therefore, every month our firm holds a training course, providing trainees with all the information they need and a training certificate is given. Our firm also provides technical consultancy as standard. If interested, do not hesitate to contact us.