Biocomposite Building Systems

JEC 2015 Innovation Award In Construction

European Commission


GXN team
Kasper Guldager Jensen, Morten Norman Lund, Hali Larsen, Lasse Lind, Torsten Wang, Olaf Kunert, Andreas Herborg Nielsen, Zunheng Lai, Daniel Philip Veenboer, Tony Shi

NetComposites Ltd, Acciona Infraestructuras S.A., TransFurans Chemicals BVBA, Arup GmbH, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Amorim Cork Composites SA, Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek - TNO, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, SHR B.V, Exel Composites Ltd, Fiber-Tech Products GmbH

Introducing the Future of Construction

A series of case studies were conducted for BioBuild in order to test and learn from the implementation of biocomposites in conventional building elements. Four systems were established where each case study system explores the market situation, direct competition, evaluation of materials, and the process capabilities within the consortium. 

BioBuild was a collaborative project part-funded by the European Commission. It had 13 partners from seven European countries and a total budget of nearly €7.7m.

Suspended Ceiling Kit

The SCK is a suspended ceiling system intended for internal use only. It will consist of lamella suspended from the structural ceiling which will be made using biocomposites The general function of the Suspended Ceiling Kits is to provide a cohesive architectural surface and acoustic damping while allowing for technical installations to be routed in the space above it.

A Healthier Future

The aim of the BioBuild project was to use biocomposite materials to reduce the embodied energy in building-façade, supporting-structure and internal-partition systems by at least 50% over current materials, with no increase in cost. This will lead to a step-change in the use of sustainable, low-carbon construction materials, by replacing aluminium, steel, fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs), brick and concrete in new-build and refurbished structures.

External Wall Panel

The EWP represents an opque, self-supporting, vertical element that spans one or more floors. The panel could include a window. It is prefabricated in the workshop and installed on site.

Internal Partition Kit

The IPK is a self-supporting, non-load-bearing, vertical structure element used to subdivide a given floor space visually and acoustically. The BioBuild IPK includes a support structure, insulating material, a skin and any fixings needed to ensure its functionality. The IPK will focus on the market for modular interior separating walls built from repetitive prefabricated units.

External Cladding Kit

The ECK is a system with no load-bearing function and is intended for vertical or near-vertical building envelopes. The BioBuild ECK will incorporate a substructure in biocomposites. The general function of the External Cladding Kit is to protect the wall area behind it from direct contact with the exterior environment.

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