Smart Printed Paperboard for Green Infrastructure

  • T. K. S. LakshmiPriyaEmail author
  • N. Alagusundari
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes on Multidisciplinary Industrial Engineering book series (LNMUINEN)


The living infrastructure, consisting of both the natural and man-made infrastructure constituting the green infrastructure, is undergoing serious imbalances, thereby affecting the ecological balance. Drastic ecological balance is a threat to the human existence on earth. Presently, awareness of this threat and the need to save the earth are being felt at large. Initiatives around the globe are underway to protect the earth from all disciplines and communities across nations. Green buildings and green roof with temperature control measures play a key role in green infrastructure. However, the use of thermocol is a widely prevalent, irreplaceable lining for air-conditioned halls. Thermocol is manufactured from polystyrene, a petroleum-based plastic, and its incineration emits toxic gases causing damage to the environment. Our work presented in this paper deals with an alternative eco-friendly solution to this issue. Our work deals with a paperboard-based material as an alternative to thermocol, and the use of printed electronic components embedded within these boards acts as temperature control mechanisms in a green building. As a proof of concept, a prototype printed circuit has been prepared and embedded in a one-inch multi-ply recycled paperboard.


Paperboard walls Smart infrastructure Printed electronics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Printing Technology, School of EngineeringAvinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for WomenCoimbatoreIndia

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