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Development of insulating concrete systems based on novel low CO2 binders for a new family of eco-innovative, durable and standardized energy efficient envelope components

Development of insulating concrete systems based on novel low CO2 binders for a new family of eco-innovative, durable and standardized energy efficient envelope components

Objective

Concrete is the most widely used man-made material on Earth, with an annual consumption of around 10 billion m³. However, its fabrication is characterized by total CO2 emissions amounting to around 5% of the worldwide anthropogenic GHG emissions. More sustainable cements with lower embodied energy and CO2 footprint are needed.
As stated in the European Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings (COM 2010/31/EU), the development of better performing insulation materials and lightweight systems for building envelopes is crucial, playing a significant role in the reduction of buildings operational energy while complying with the load bearing features of existing building structures.
The ECO-binder project aims to implement industrial R&D activities on the results of previous research, demonstrating the possibility of replacing Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and OPC based concrete products with new ones based on the new Belite-Ye’elimite-Ferrite (BYF) class of low-CO2 binders to develop a new generation of concrete-based construction materials and prefabricated building envelope components with more than 30% lower embodied energy, 20% improved insulation properties and 15% lower cost than the actual solutions based on Portland cement. The new building envelope solutions will integrate multiple functions in a single product package, providing the higher performances in terms of acoustic insulation/absorption, fire resistance, dimensional stability, indoor air quality optimization, at an affordable cost. Demonstration of full-scale retrofitting and construction will be performed prototyping and installing a family of prefabricated concrete systems of different complexity and end-use in four different climatic conditions involving public authorities.. Results will be validated through dedicated LCAs, fostering the construction materials sector progress towards increased performing and eco-sustainable products.
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Coordinator

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Address

Via San Nazaro 19
16145 Genova

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 437 948,86

Participants (13)

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HEIDELBERGCEMENT AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 724 322,38

LAFARGE CENTRE DE RECHERCHE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 718 843,44

VICAT

France

EU Contribution

€ 719 428,38

BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 726 630

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 545 350

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 141 125

NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES CENTER SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 282 938

GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 197 225

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 318 063

NUOVA TESI SYSTEM SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 536 875

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 312 125

FENIX TNT SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 144 091,94

MUNICIPIUL DROBETA TURNU SEVERIN

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 41 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 637138

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 594 674,30

  • EU contribution

    € 5 846 216

Coordinated by:

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy

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