The ISO BIO project aims to trigger the mainstream adoption of sustainable materials in building and construction - delivering significant energy efficiency improvements and wider environmental benefits with proven performance and effectiveness. Bio-based aggregates such as straw, clay, wheat or grasses mixed with innovative binders might hold the key to a more environmentally friendly construction process and substantial improvements in energy efficiency for everything from individual private residencies to major public buildings.
The ISOBIO project will develop these sustainable construction materials to enable demonstration at prototype level in an operational environment. The objective is to achieve a 50% reduction in embodied energy and CO2 at component level and 20% better insulation properties than conventional materials. Proving what is good for the environment can also be good for the economy, the project will also seek to demonstrate a reduction of least 15% in total costs and 5% total energy spent over the lifetime of a building.
The project runs from February 2015 for four years, has a budget of €6.3 million, and the development is planned in four phases. The first two will focus on taking the materials from idea to application, before emphasis switches to a smooth transition from lab to demonstration scale, facilitating an exploitation of the results by the building industry and key stakeholder groups such as construction professionals, local authorities and architects.
ISO BIO is co-ordinated by TWI Ltd (Cambridge, UK) with 11 further partners from France, Spain, Germany, Norway the UK and Belgium. Greenovate! Europe is involved as the partner responsible for communication, dissemination and exploitation, with youris.com and Van der Meer en Van Tilburg as Third Parties.