High Performance, Economical & Sustainable Biocomposite Building Materials

Industrial Interest Group Meeting

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Industrial Interest Group Meeting

11th December 2013 at 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The BioBuild Project

The aim of the BioBuild project is to use biocomposite materials to reduce the embodied energy in building facade, supporting structure and internal partition systems by at least 50% over current materials with no loss in performance and no increase in overall cost.

Currently, biocomposites are not widely used in construction applications because the materials are prone to degradation by moisture and do not perform as well in fire tests as more conventional building materials.

The project will develop biocomposites capable of offering 40 years outdoor durability by protecting the fibres using treatments and coatings. Treatments will also be applied to the fibres or the composite to improve the reaction to fire. Cork and other biobased low density materials will be used to improve the thermal and acoustic-insulating performance of the materials, coupled with system design.

Aim of the event

This will be the first meeting of the BioBuild Industrial Interest Group. This group will be kept informed about the progress of the project and will be able to steer the project such that it can generate outputs which are relevant to the construction industry.

This meeting will give delegates the opportunity to meet the people involved with the project and learn about the work being done. The meeting is being hosted by the National Civil Engineering Laboratory in Lisbon and there will be an extensive tour of their test facilities. Please note that the site is large and the tour will include buildings at opposite ends of the campus.


1:00pm Registration & Buffet Lunch
2:00pm Welcome to LNEC – Jorge Grandao Lopes, LNEC
2:15pm Introduction to the BioBuild Project – Anthony Stevenson, NetComposites (Co-ordinator)
2:25pm The BioBuild Case Studies – Guglielmo Carra, Arup
2:40pm Environmental Quick Scan as a Decision Support Tool – Rene Gijlswijk, TNO
3:00pm Manufacturing with Biocomposites – Jovana Dzalto, IVW
3:15pm Treatments to Combat Weathering – Boke Tjeerdsma, SHR
3:30pm Coffee
3:45pm Extended Tour of LNEC Facilities – Including the large scale and fire test laboratories.
5:00pm Close of meeting


Places at this event are free of charge however spaces are limited and you must register.

To register please send an e-mail to sue.keighley@netcomposites.com stating your name, company, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Please also state if you have any particular dietary restrictions or require assistance with access.

Joining instructions will be sent with confirmation of registration.

For help or more information please call Sue Keighley at NetComposites on +44 (0)1246 266244 or email sue.keighley@netcomposites.com.


11th December 2013
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm


BioBuild Project
+44 (0) 1246 266244


Av. do Brasil, 101
Lisboa, P-1700-066 Portugal
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 285689.