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High Performance, Economical and Sustainable Biocomposite Building Materials

Objective

The aim of BioBuild is to use biocomposites to reduce the embodied energy in building facade, supporting structure and internal partition systems by at least 50% over current materials with no increase in cost. This will lead to a step change in the use of sustainable, low carbon construction materials, by replacing aluminium, steel, FRP, brick and concrete in buildings.

Facades are widely used in construction, primarily to protect and insulate the internal structure. Internal partitions are used to divide space, carry utilities and provide thermal and acoustic insulation. The current materials used such as aluminium, steel, brick and concrete are energy intensive to produce and have high embodied energy.

FRP is an alternative construction material, benefitting from low weight, formability and simple manufacturing, allowing low material content structures and innovative design. However, typical resin and glass fibre are non-renewable, energy intensive to synthesise. Biocomposites overcome these drawbacks, whilst maintaining the benefits, being based on natural fibres and bioresins which have low embodied energy and cost.

Biocomposites are renewable and sustainable resin and reinforcement structures. The resins in this project are furan and cashew nut oil based with reinforcing fibres of flax and jute. Bast fibres have lower environmental impacts than glass, concerning climate change and energy but have similar properties.
Biocomposites are used commercially in automotive interior parts, but for outdoor applications they can degrade due to moisture absorption and bio-degradation. BioBuild will develop biocomposites and construction products with a life span of 40 years, by protecting the fibres with novel treatments and coatings.
The result of the project will be a low cost, lightweight, durable and sustainable biocomposite building system, with full technical and environmental validation, offering low embodied energy construction materials

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB
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Coordinator

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED
Address
Bridge Way 4A Broom Business Park
S41 9QG Chesterfield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 678 726,25
Administrative Contact
Anthony Stevenson (Dr.)

Participants (16)

3XN AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 145 148,24
Address
Strandgade 73
1401 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kasper Guldager Jorgensen (Mr.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 393 000
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Paris Torres (Mr.)
HOLLAND COMPOSITES INDUSTRIALS BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 22 025,40
Address
De Serpeling 10
8219PZ Lelystad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pieterjan Dwarshuis (Mr.)
TRANSFURANS CHEMICALS BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 217 440
Address
Leukaard 2
2440 Geel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Hoydonckx (Mr.)
Arup GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 372 900
Address
Kaiserstrasse 18
40221 Düsseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Wurm (Dr.)
COVESTRO RESINS BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 18 834,60
Address
Ceintuurbaan 5
8022AW Zwolle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Puyenbroek (Dr.)
CIMTEC LAB SPA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 100 861,28
Address
Piazza Ernesto De Angeli 2
20146 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesca Dinon (Dr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 511 282
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sofie Heroes (Ms.)
AMORIM CORK COMPOSITES SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 223 730,60
Address
Rua De Meladas 260
4536 902 Mozelos Vfr
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Soares (Mr.)
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 404 000
Address
Erwin Schrodinger Strasse Geb 58
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Birgit Bittmann (Dr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 293 712
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Suzanne De Vos-Effting (Ms.)
LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 657 329
Address
Av Do Brasil 101
1700 066 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paula Margarida Carvalho M. Couto (Mrs.)
SHR BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 312 800
Address
Nieuwe Kanaal 9B
6709 PA Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bôke Tjeerdsma (Mr.)
FIBREFORCE COMPOSITES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 179 355
Address
Fairoak Lane Whitehouse
WA7 3DU Runcorn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Hartley (Dr.)
FIBER-TECH CONSTRUCTION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 166 500,25
Address
Tuchschererstrasse 10
09116 Chemnitz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antje Hofmann (Ms.)
GXN AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 180 851,76
Address
Kanonbadsvej 8
1437 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kasper Guldager Jorgensen (Mr.)