Biobuild

Client
European Commission

Year
2013

Partners
NetComposites Ltd, Acciona Infraestructuras S.A., TransFurans Chemicals BVBA, Arup GmbH, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Amorim Cork Composites SA, Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek - TNO, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, SHR B.V, Exel Composites Ltd, Fiber-Tech Products GmbH

European collaboration

The aim of BioBuild is to use biocomposite materials to induce a step-change in the reduction of embodied energy in building façade and internal partition systems, whilst being commercially competitive and delivering state-of-the-art performance.

BioBuild is a collaborative project part-funded by the European Commission. It has 13 partners from 6 European countries and a total budget of nearly 6 million Euros. The project has a duration of 3.5 years, the end date being 31 May 2015.

The aim of the BioBuild project is to use biocomposite materials 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, Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP), brick and concrete in new-build and refurbished structures.

Biocomposites

Biocomposite is a term for a fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) comprising natural fibres, such as flax, jute or hemp, in a polymer matrix derived from natural materials, such as vegetable oils or corn-starches. The low embodied energy of biocomposite materials offers significant potential benefit for reducing the environmental impact of building products.

The specific mechanical properties of natural fibres are competitive with those of glass fibres. Due to the hollow nature of the fibres, flax and other natural fibres also have excellent resistance to fatigue and good vibration and acoustic damping characteristics compared with glass and carbon fibres.

Copenhagen, Denmark
2013

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