BioBuild Project Wins JEC Innovation Award 2015
The Biobuild Project has won a JEC Innovation award for its Biocomposite Façade System. Biobuild is a collaborative project part-funded by the European Commission. It has 13 partners from seven European countries. The aim of the project was to investigate the use of biocomposite materials to reduce the embodied energy in building components such as façade panels, cladding, ceiling and internal-partition systems by at least 50% over current materials with no increase in cost. These allow the use of sustainable, low-carbon construction materials, replacing aluminium, steel, fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs), brick and concrete in new-build and refurbished structures.
The façade is described by the project as the world’s first self-supporting façade panel for construction to be made of biocomposites. Building kits for rainscreen systems, internal partition walls and suspended ceilings have also been designed and tested within the consortium funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme.
Developed primarily for commercial office buildings, the façade panel is 4.0 meters high and 2.3 meters wide and comprises a glazing unit. It is composed of two biocomposite outer shells, made of flax fabric and bio derived resin, with a central layer of insulation material. The panel is delivered to site as a fully prefabricated unit.
The BioBuild team specifically developed the façade system to meet the stringent thermal, structural and fire performance requirements of building codes in Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom and Spain. The façade has been designed with the full product life cycle in mind. All parts of the system can be easily detached from each other and either be recycled or reused at the end of the life cycle.
Project coordinator is NetComposites Ltd, Chesterfield, UK, that develops and commercializes new composite materials.
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