ASBP and partners commence Interreg research project

As part of a call for projects launched by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England European Territorial Cooperation program, ASBP and its French and English partners have been selected to carry out the Sustainable Bio&Waste Resources for Construction (SB&WRC) project. It aims at developing prototypes of construction materials based on bio-resources and recycled waste.

The partners include:

Over 27 months, the SB&WRC partners will work to design, produce and test three prototypes of innovative low-carbon thermal insulants made from bio-based and recycled materials.

The European Union (ERDF) will fund 69% of the project budget, which amounts to €1.8 million overall.

Context

The INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme is a Cross Border European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Programme, which aims at supporting the development of the France (Channel) England area, in line with the goals of the 2020 Europe strategy to create jobs and stir smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

In order to select and fund projects that can contribute to these goals, the Interreg VA France (Channel) England programme is structured around 3 priorities, which are themselves split into 5 specific objectives.

The Sustainable Bio&Waste Resources for Construction (SB&WRC) project lies within Priority 2 and Specific Objective 2.1 on the development of low-carbon technologies.

  • Priority 2:  Support the transition towards a low-carbon economy in the France (Channel) England Area;
    • Specific Objective 2.1: Increase the development and uptake of existing or new low-carbon technologies in sectors that have the highest potential for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Within this framework, the SB&WRC project’s main objectives are:

  • At the scale of the France (Channel) England area, analyse a range of bio-based and waste resources that could be used to produce new insulating materials for buildings;
  • Design and produce three prototypes of innovative low-carbon thermal insulants, that would fit the local building fabric, and using the resource flows and stocks documented;
  • Test the three prototypes in laboratories and on pilot sites to assess their energy and environmental performances, as well as their cost;
  • Foster their distribution on the market by disseminating the project’s results among French and British building sector professionals, and through awareness raising actions on the benefits of using bio-based and waste-based construction materials. To reach this objective, the project plans on organizing conferences in France and in England, conducting an online survey, and creating an online community focused on bio-based and waste-based construction materials.
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Involvement of ASBP in the project

The ASBP will be co-leader for communication, notably via the elaboration and deployment of a media kit aimed at ensuring effective communication about the project. The ASBP will share its knowledge of the construction sector for the design of the prototypes and in order to associate professionals at various stages of the project, particularly for the dissemination of results through conferences and news articles.

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