Architecture Students Create Healthy Air from Coconut Waste

The need for clean and healthy air is an absolute thing in human life. In this era, humans are increasingly protecting themselves to prevent exposure to pollutants, especially when doing outdoor activities.

However, without realizing it, the air in the building has the potential to contain various pollutants that are susceptible to being inhaled by humans.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies state that indoor air pollution can be up to 2-5 times greater than outdoor pollution.

High humidity is also suspected to cause several health problems.

The use of air filters has finally become popular as a guarantee for cleanliness of the air in the room.

However, until now the air filters that are widely circulated among the public still have limitations.

Effectiveness, flexibility in application in the room, and especially price, are still things that can be improved.

Seeing this phenomenon, students of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Brawijaya (FTUB); Asti Ainun Nabilah, I Gusti Agung Dini Restiani, and Mariyatul Qibtiyah, with the guidance of Wasiska Iyati, ST., MT designed a product called Perak Bayu.

Perak Bayu, is an innovation that absorbs toxins and air humidity in buildings with natural materials.

This innovation is designed with natural ingredients and has great potential because it widely found in Indonesia as a tropical country, coconut fiber and shell waste.

Coconut shell waste is processed into activated carbon charcoal so that it has the property of absorbing toxins such as CO, CO2, SO, O3, NO2 and reducing moisture with its adsorbent power.

The coconut fiber waste itself is formed into solids and has also been proven to have the ability to reduce humidity in the room.

“Apart from the easy-to-get material, this product is also designed to be multi-functional to be applied to interior elements in a flexible, aesthetically pleasing manner, and certainly at an affordable price for its users,” explained Asti as Team Leader.

By utilizing the unloading method, Perak Bayu  formed as a puzzle like module, which can be a creative medium for the user in its preparation.

“In addition to its adsorbent power, it can absorb toxins and excess air humidity so that the air they breathe is healthier, users can also be creative in its application,” said this 2017 class student.

In this pandemic era, she continued, the need for healthy air is very necessary. This team hopes that Perak Bayu can help create healthy air for the community.

In addition, it is also hoped that this product can become a source of new potential for the community in processing coconut waste.

For further product development step, efforts will always be made in order to create new innovations that can increase product excellence. (aan/mic)