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Coir can be used for construction, architecture: Experts

Posted on Feb 04, 03:03PM | UNI

Alappuzha,Kerala, Feb 3 : Construction and architecture are among the most exciting sectors for coir to explore, offering tremendous opportunities for product diversification, according to architectural experts.

Speaking at an international seminar organised as part of Coir Kerala 2013 here today, they noted the potential application of coir in every aspect of construction - from building roofs to walls to flooring and interior and outdoor decoration.

Mr P C George, MLA and Government Chief Whip, who inaugurated the session focusing exclusively on the architectural applications of coir, said with the discussion over uses of coir, it was also imperative to find ways to ensure collection of enough raw material within the state to meet the growing demands of the industry.

Presiding over the seminar's inaugural session, Minister for Revenue and Coir Adoor Prakash pointed out that eco-friendly coir composites can be excellent alternatives to concrete and other non-sustainable building materials.

''Architects must take the lead in devising new uses of coir

in construction. New developments in this area are taking place in individual capacity,'' but we can greatly speed up this process if we put in collective effort,' he said. This is for the second year in a row that Coir Kerala has held a session on 'Archi-coir'.

As Dr V P Joy, Principal Secretary (Finance), noted that with wider applications, coir can potentially be a flourishing industry in the micro and small entrepreneurial sector, creating jobs for unemployed youth.