Spanish plastics institute AIMPLAS has reported its involvement in OSIRYS, an EC-funded project focused on developing forest-based biocomposites and products to be applied in retrofitting and new building construction.
The project aims to address the growing need to improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency by working with new eco-innovative building materials, which are able to provide a healthier indoor environment. They could help eliminate micro-organisms, increase thermal and acoustic insulation and control the breathability of the construction systems.
AIMPLAS’ role within the project will be mainly related to the functionalization of graphene for its use with thermosetting resins and pultrusion process with natural fibers and bioresins.
New composites developed as part of the project would comprise several layers to provide the insulation and protection properties required in traditional façades and would usually have an exterior finished ventilated façade and an interior part formed by plaster walls. The inner part of the façade would consist of several panels that provide insulation, and also fire and water protection.
The new composites would demonstrate a variety of functionalities able to meet the strictest requisites of building codes and will be also demonstrated in real-life applications.
This four year project is led by Tecnalia (project coordinators), in partnership with Acciona, AIMPLAS, ENAR and VISESA from Spain, NetComposites from the UK, Fraunhofer, SICC and Tecnaro from Germany, IVL from Sweden, Conenor and VTT from Finland, Omikron from Hungary, UNStudio from the Netherlands, Bergamo Tecnologie from Poland, Collanti Concorde from Italy, and Amorim Cork Composites from Portugal.
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