High Performance, Economical & Sustainable Biocomposite Building Materials

Industrial Interest Group Meeting

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Industrial Interest Group Meeting

19th March 2014 at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Project

The aim of the BioBuild project is to use bio-composite 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, bio-composites 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 bio-composites 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 bio-based low density materials will be used to improve the thermal and acoustic-insulating performance of the materials, coupled with system design.


Places at this event are free of charge however spaces are limited and you must register. To register please use the Registration form and send this to info@shr.nl.

Joining instructions will be sent with confirmation of registration.


2:00 pm – Registration & Coffee
2:15 pm – Welcome to SHR – Bôke Tjeerdsma, SHR
2:30 pm – Introduction to the BioBuild Project – Anthony Stevenson, NetComposites
2:45 pm – The BioBuild Case Studies – Guglielmo Carra, Arup
3:05 pm – Environmental Quick Scan – René Gijlswijk, TNO
3:25 pm – Manufacturing with bio-composites – Jovana Dzalto, IVW
3:45 pm – Treatments to combat weathering – Bôke Tjeerdsma, SHR
4:00 pm – Refreshments & networking – Delegates can visit the SHR facility
6:00 pm – Close of meeting


19th March 2014
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


BioBuild Project
+44 (0) 1246 266244


Nieuwe Kanaal 9b
Wageningen, NL-6709 PA Netherlands
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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.