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Hemp as building material for energy efficient wooden houses

Objective



This proposal is prepared with the help of an Exploratory Award wich included a Research-Feasibility Study. In this project research will be done on hemp and wood, both renewable raw materials, as building material in the contruction of low energy wooden houses. The Focus will be the ecological aspect while renouncing chemical treatment and application of synthetic fibres in the insulation material made of hemp. New ways will be taken to get results, which correspond to the ecological and heath demands, e.g. the used hemp and wooden building material can be composted, will create a healthy climate for living, cause a reduction of the Co2 production and will avoid health risks for the workers in the construction industry. 8 SME from 5 countries (AT, DE, FR, FI and SLO) will take part in this project. The University of Technology of Graz is the prime RTD-performer and project coordinator. The RR&D Network is the second RTD performer. The SME act as deliver and user and will realise also diverse tests. The research institutions will investigate on the following topics: . Find the right harvesting time of hemp for getting the best quality. . The development of insulation material made of hemp and shives. . The examination of the building material and the building components. The different characteristics of the building material and the building components will be tested. . In the pilot projects different building materials of hemp and building components of hemp will be tested in practice. . The publication will be done by a final report and a catalogue of building components, which will be disseminated. This project will contribute to promote the market of building material made of hemp and also the construction of low energy wooden houses. New EU company partnerships will be established, which will have a positive influence on the community. It is very important for the research project to be realised on European level. As the climate standards, housing conditions and way of living are so different in the European countries, the participation of partners of five different countries will allow a result which is representative for the European standard.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

Mr Alois Högler
Address
11,Grafendorf
8510 Stainz
Austria

Participants (9)

Brauchl-Haus Produktionsges mbH
Austria
Address
Waldschulgasse 5
2700 Wiener Neustadt
Hanf-Faser-Fabrik Uckermark GmbH
Germany
Address
Brüssover Allee 90
17291 Prenzlau
La Chanvrière de l'Aube Coopérative agricole
France
Address
Rue Général De Gaulle
10200 Bar Sur Aube
Municipality of Ruovesi
Finland
Address
Ruoveden Kunta
34600 Ruovesi
Rural Research & Development Network (Association)
Finland
Address
Näsilinnankatu 48 D
33101 Tampere
Serra Maschinenbau GmbH Mr Hans Fritz
Germany
Address
Stetten 4
83253 Rimsting
Technische Universität Graz
Austria
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Textinap S.A.
France
Address
Rue Marcel Vardelle 4
87050 Limoges
Tus Ko-Si d.d Podjetje za proizvodnjo, netkanih tkanin
Slovenia
Address
Pod Gradom 2A
2380 Slovenj Gradec