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Low Embodied Energy Advanced (Novel) Insulation Materials and Insulating Masonry Components for Energy Efficient Buildings

Objective

A review of the embodied energy values of the various building materials shows that the embodied energy of the most widely used insulation materials in construction applications is characterised by very high values. This mainly results either from the energy intensive conditions applied for the manufacturing of the mineral based insulation materials or from the high embodied energies of the oil-based raw materials used for the production of the organic based ones. Moreover, conventional insulating materials can suffer from various disadvantages including not stable thermal and acoustic performance overtime, combustibility, shrinkage and settling, and pollution of the indoor building environment. In this frame the objective of the project is the development of a new generation of inorganic insulation materials and building insulation masonry components, that will have 70 – 90% lower embodied energy, 25 - 30% lower unit cost, than the synthetic organic and mineral based ones, like EPS, XPS, Stone and Glass Wool, and at the same time they will not present their technical, health and/or environmental drawbacks. New formulations and products will be called “3I” materials, since they will be Inorganic, Insulating and Incombustible.
This objective will be achieved through the development of innovative technological routes for the production of the 3I materials, combining: a) use of appropriate inert, natural alumino-silicate raw materials, originating from “zero-embodied energy” wastes of industrial mineral exploitation (i.e. perlite, bentonite, amorphous silica and other volcanic minerals) and other industrial wastes and by-products; b) application of novel low energy consuming synthesis processes based on inorganic polymerisation and thermal expansion that take advantage of the unique and favourable chemical and mineralogical composition of the above wastes; and c) addition of appropriate mineral by-products (fluxes) that easily react with the above wastes through highly exothermic reactions forming inert stable structures.
The assessment of the environmental sustainability of each one of the new insulation components will be performed with life cycle assessment studies.

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

S&B INDUSTRIAL MINERALS MINING OUARRYING INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL TOURISTSHIPPING TECHNICAL COMPANY SA
Address
An Metaxa Street 15
14564 Kifissia Athina
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 819 000
Administrative Contact
Christos Dedeloudis (Dr.)

Participants (14)

REDCO NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 482 000
Address
Kuiermansstraat 1
1880 Kapelle Op Den Bos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luc Van Der Heyden (Mr.)
SCHLAGMANN POROTON GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 585 000
Address
Ziegeleistrasse 1
84367 Zeilarn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johannes Edmüller (Mr.)
THERMAL CERAMICS DE FRANCE SAS

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 16 427,58
Address
Rue Du 18 Juin 1827 3
42160 Andrezieux Boutheon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ludovic Mouton (Mr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 646 095,72
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)
RINA CONSULTING SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 266 000
Address
Via Cecchi 6
16129 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Giovanelli (Ms.)
MORANDO Srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 362 476,30
Address
Strada Rilate 22
14100 Asti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Herrnhut Massimo (Mr.)
MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND PRUFANSTALT AN DER BAUHAUS UNIVERSITAT WEIMAR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 262 500,40
Address
Coudraystrasse 9
99423 Weimar
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Konrad Nitsche (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 000
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Harald Garrecht (Prof.)
CAE Services GEIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 142 500
Address
Rue Paul Emile Janson 29
1050 Brussels
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Caroline André (Ms.)
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DE LA CONSTRUCTION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 237 500
Address
Rue Du Lombard 42
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paul Carion (Mr.)
Imprima Construction Cz a.s.

Participation ended

Czechia
EU contribution
€ 35 630,26
Address
Plzenska 421/48
15000 Praha 5 - Smichov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eva Cvalingova (Ms.)
FENIX TNT SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 133 000
Address
Dusikova 906/33
638 00 Brno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aranka Soukalova (Ms.)
FIBRAN INSULATING MATERIALS INDUSTRY DIMITRIOS ANASTASIADIS SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 201 000
Address
Terpni
62200 Nigrita
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christos Chatziastrou (Mr.)
PROIGMENES EREVNITIKES & DIAHIRISTIKES EFARMOGES
Greece
EU contribution
€ 106 869,74
Address
Dim. Glinou 7
14122 Irakleio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitris Petsas (Mr.)