Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Insuwaste (Recycling of hard-to-treat, post-consumer textile wastes and conversion to insulation material for construction industry using a novel conversion technology.)
Reporting period: 2014-11-01 to 2015-04-30
A policy recommended in EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), in particular to the UK building Regulation Part L 3.25 is from 2016 (homes) and 2019 (non-domestic), buildings have to introduce zero carbon standards, specifically, using at least 10% of recycled materials in all building projects. This presents an opportunity to use recycled textiles for building products and we have developed a novel method for producing thermal & acoustic insulation material for wall cavity, floor spaces & lofts using the textiles recovered from post-consumer carpets and mattresses. The main challenge with these materials is the perception that they are unsafe for re-use due to contamination. However, our proposed approach not only shreds, washes and airlays the textile into a lightweight, non-woven textile, but also creates a robust, durable insulation felt that is virtually sterile at no additional process cost. Thus the project is in-line with the EC Horizon 2020 work programme of SC5-20-2014/2015.
The overall target for the feasibility study is the elaboration and production of the business plan and project proposal, designed to specify the second phase work needed to bring this technology to market readiness and detail the plan for replication across Europe in phase 3.