Circular economy: Launch of new Horizon Europe project BIO4EEB on bio-based insulation materials

On the 2nd and 3rd of March, EBC travelled to Cologne for the two-day kick-off meeting of the new EU-funded project BIO4EEB – BIO insulation materials for Enhancing the Energy performance of Buildings, falling under the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme. The project will last for four years and has a total budget of around EUR 9 million. EBC had the opportunity to exchange with the 16 partners, under the coordination of the German specialised company 3L Architects.

The aim of the project is to develop a set of bio-based insulation products which are complementary to each other, providing solutions adaptable to various situations and typologies of buildings. The products developed will be tested through their application to 5 real case pilot sites in Germany, Spain, France, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic and 3 virtual case pilot sites, that will cover different renovation scenarios. BIO4EEB will apply non-hazardous bio-based material as e.g. Posidonia and various bio-based foams to develop and to proof the marketability of smart components for external and internal use as material application, pre-fab panels or windows.

The project’s scope aims at supporting the construction sector to increase the use of bio-based and sustainable material in renovation projects to meet the EU’s energy and environmental goals. The BIO4EEB project aligns with the objectives set by European legislations, by developing bio-based insulation materials that meet industry standards, which could lead to a 50% reduction in total embodied energy over the whole lifecycle of a building.

Indeed, BIO4EEB will look at closing the increasing gap of insulation material shortage caused by the regular growing demand and the mismatch caused by lacking production potential and the outcome of the current energy crisis by boosting the use of available bio-based qualified materials as alternative solutions.

EBC will be involved in identifying the needs of the construction market, as well as the relevant technical requirements, in order to ensure that the products will correspond to the reality of the market and construction SMEs. EBC will also play a key role in distributing the primary findings of the project on a broader scale across the EU, and in training SME professionals on the use of sustainable and circular products in their daily activities. Additionally, EBC will liaise and create synergies with other pertinent initiatives and projects.

For more information on BIO4EEB and to not miss out any updates, follow the project on LinkedIn and Twitter. The official website will be available soon, stay tuned!
BIO4EEB is co-funded by the European Community Horizon Europe Program for European Research and Technological Development (2023-2027) and has received funding from the European Union.