Italian company Ricehouse produces building materials from rice waste

Karen Pham

Karen Pham

3D printed house. Gaia WASP Italy. Courtesy of Ricehouse.

Ricehouse, an architectural business, has aimed to build sustainable houses by using circular construction resources made out of rice waste.

Rice – the world’s third largest agricultural crop – creates a large amount of waste during the production process.

Sourcing rice waste from farmers in northern Italy, Ricehouse has processed rice straw, husk, and chaff to create sustainable building materials including insulating plasters, finishings, lightweight screeds, and prefabricated panels.

The rice-based houses consume less energy and reduce carbon footprint while heating. 

In addition, the house is durable thanks to its resistance to harmful biological agents including viruses, bacteria, and fungi. 

According to Ricehouse, after reaching the end of their lives, the company’s products can be turned into new items without causing harm to the environment during the break-down process.

Karen Pham

Karen Pham

Karen Pham is a marketing and branding enthusiast with a major in legal English. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, she is a contributor to Viable.Earth.


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