Impacts 

BIOBUILD aims to deliver positive environmental and socio-economic impacts by strengthening and expanding the bio-based economy. BIOBUILD prioritizes eco-friendly solutions, aiming to foster a greener construction industry while simultaneously driving economic growth and social progress. 

Environmental Sustainability

The development and use of novel bio-based building materials incorporated in construction practices lead to significant reduction and reliance on fossil-based material and non-renewable resources. This includes extending the carbon cycle through increased use of wood-based products such as wallboards, panels and flooring. BIOBUILD’s development of lightweight materials composed of over 95% sustainable, bio-based compounds further reduces the environmental footprint as they require less energy for production and manufacturing compared to traditional building materials.

Energy efficiency 

 

The integration of bio-based phase change materials (bioPCMs) into building materials enhances energy storage functionalities, leading to improved thermal solutions within buildings. By incorporating bioPCMs into wallboards, flooring, and other building materials, BIOBUILD is able to leverage this thermal energy storage capability to improve the thermal performance of buildings.

During periods of excess heat, bioPCMs absorb and store thermal energy, helping to regulate indoor temperatures and reduce the need for mechanical cooling systems. Conversely, when temperatures drop, bioPCMs release stored energy, providing passive heating and reducing reliance on conventional heating systems. This dynamic thermal regulation results in reduced energy consumption for heating and cooling, contributing to overall energy efficiency and lowering environmental footprints in the building industry. 

Innovation and technology development

 

BIOBUILD fosters innovation in building materials and techniques by developing novel bio-composites such as wood fibers, plant oil resins, lignin and fungal mycelium. These bio-composites offer high quality properties and functionalities, including enhanced thermal insultations, moisture resistance and durability compared to traditional building materials. The impregnation of bioPCMs has the ability to store and release thermal energy, helping regulate indoor temperatures.  By incorporating such developments in building prototypes, the project is driving advancements in sustainable construction practices and promotes the adoption of eco-friendly building solutions.

Economic benefits

The adoption of sustainable building materials by BIOBUILD leads to long-term energy cost savings for stakeholders. The project enhances competitiveness, increases productivity and fosters employment, aiming to elevate the overall well-being of citizens while driving sustainable and economic growth in the European market. With an increased demand for more sustainable solutions and the market for bio-based construction materials experiencing rapid growth, BIOBUILD is positioned to strengthen the competitiveness of materials with bioPCMs in the European market. This surge in demand results in the creation of new high-skilled job opportunities across various sectors including construction, manufacturing, recycling, and the materials industry.

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Expected Outcomes