The University of Antwerp recently hosted the first consortium meeting for the BIOBUILD project following the launch of the project. On June 10-11, partners gathered from various institutions to discuss the progress of their work packages and share initial project results. The two-day meeting was marked by insightful discussions, presentations and collaborative brainstorming on their respective research areas.

One of the key topics of discussion was the analysis of different climate zones across Europe. Understanding these variations is crucial for the project as it aims to develop sustainable, bio-based building materials and test in real buildings. The consortium’s research teams presented their findings on how different climates impact the performance of these materials, setting the stage for further development and optimization.

In the laboratories, significant progress has been made with solid wood, wood fibers, and particles, particularly concerning Phase Change Material (PCM) impregnation in wallboards and floor parquets. This innovative approach is designed to enhance the thermal performance of wood-based materials, contributing to more energy-efficient buildings. The initial results are promising, indicating that PCM impregnation is a game-changer in sustainable construction.

The use of natural binders, such as lignin and mycelia, has shown positive results in the project’s ongoing experiments. Lignin, a complex organic polymer found in the cell walls of plants, is being tested as a sustainable binder, offering an eco-friendly alternative to traditional synthetic adhesives.

Similarly, mycelia, the vegetative part of fungi, has demonstrated its potential as a robust and sustainable binder. These breakthroughs are crucial for reducing the environmental impact of construction materials and promoting circular economy principles.

a) Cutting of elements   b) Placing backside veneer   c) Middle layer lamellas

d) Gluing top layer elements   e) Pressing    f) Profiling and surface treatment

Towards the end of the year, demo buildings will be installed which will serve as office space, providing a real-world testing ground for the materials and technologies developed by the BIOBUILD project. The demo buildings will help validate the findings and offer tangible proof of the project’s innovations in a practical setting.

The consortium meeting concluded on a high note, with members expressing optimism about the project’s initial developments. The collaborative efforts and positive results thus far underscore the potential of the BIOBUILD project to revolutionize sustainable building practices.

Stay tuned for more updates as the BIOBUILD project continues to make strides towards its goals. The consortium’s dedication to innovation and sustainability promises to yield even more exciting developments in the coming months.