To bio or not to bio - Research into the characteristics and applications of insulation materials with a low environmental impact

01 May 2020 → Ongoing
Regional and community funding: IWT/VLAIO
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Building physics
    • Building technology
    • Life cycle analysis of construction materials
insulation materials environmental impact biobased building materials
Project description

Buildings have an enormous impact on our environment and are responsible for a large share of the primary energy use and CO2-emissions. Not only do buildings use a lot of energy during operation (e.g. for heating) but there is also a large amount of embedded energy in the buildings materials. As the energy performance of buildings increases, the environmental impact of the building materials that are used becomes more important. A large potential in a responsible handling of our climate lies in the reduction of the environmental impact of our building materials.

Within the TETRA project "To bio or not to bio" the potential of biobased insulation materials will be researched. The project aims at developing a knowledge tool that maps the materials characteristics and application possibilities of biobased materials and compares them with conventional insulation materials. The tool will be supplemented with construction details and best-practice examples from case studies. Additionally 3D scale models will be designed and built.