We are delighted to be working with partners from both sides of the Channel on an exciting EU-funded research project called BIO-CIRC (Bio and Circular Insulation for Resourceful Construction).
The project has been awarded by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England programme, which is co-financed by the ERDF. The European Union (ERDF) will fund 80% of the project budget, which amounts to about €500,000 overall (€399,600 from ERDF).
The project partners are:
- Nomadéis (lead partner)
- The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products
- Eden Renewable Innovations
- Back to Earth
Over the next 2 years (July 2020-June 2022), the BIO-CIRC partners will:
- Investigate the waste bedding sector and the potential reuse of a problematic waste source – polyester duvets, a waste product currently with poor recycling rates and sanitary issues.
- Examine the sanitisation and re-fiberisation process for polyester duvets, with the aim of creating a feedstock for novel insulation materials.
- Design and develop 3 prototype insulation products made from waste polyester fibres combined with natural fibres – sheep’s wool and hemp.
- Test and deploy the 3 prototypes on pilot sites to assess their energy and environmental performances.
- Network and engage with key stakeholders such as the ASBP’s Natural Fibre Insulation Group and Plastics in Construction Group, to gather intelligence and help create a business case for the development of natural and recycled fibre insulation (NRFI) materials.
- Undertake market intelligence of the insulation market to identify key markets and opportunities for growth for NRFI.
- Review the air quality and health & well-being benefits of NRFI.
- Disseminate the project findings and raise awareness of the benefits of NRFI amongst our diverse networks of construction professionals.
Keep up to date with the latest project news by visiting the project webpage – https://asbp.org.uk/bio-circ.
About the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme
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 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 BIO-CIRC project lies within Priority 2: Support the transition towards a low-carbon economy in the France (Channel) England Area within 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.
The BIO-CIRC project builds upon the work of the Sustainable Bio & Waste Resources for Construction (SB&WRC) project, funded by the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme, of which Nomadeis (lead partner) and ASBP were key partners in.
Find out more about the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme at – https://www.channelmanche.com.