ECO-Binder on the way to success
“Development of insulating concrete systems based on novel low CO2 binders for a new family of eco-innovative, durable and standardised energy efficient envelope components.“
The ECO-Binder project now passed 30th month from a total number of 42 months. It's research project supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme with the main aim to demonstrate the feasibility of replacing Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and OPC based concrete (products) with new products based on the innovative Belite-Ye’elimite-Ferrite (BYF) class of low-CO2 binders.
Right now several undergoing tests of individual properties of the concrete mixtures is taking place. Properties depend on the amount of added ingredients such as various superplasticizers: accelerator or retarders and other additives. Each concrete mixture has to pass throw durability tests and also it has to have enough resistance to external influences and fire resistance. Based on the research done, two initial finishing formulations (bonding plaster and finishing plaster) compatible with the new concrete samples have been developed and evaluated as well.
Four different demo sites located in Watford (UK), Derio (Spain), Alcobendas (Spain) and Drobeta – Turnu Severin (Romania) will be used for validation of results in different climatic conditions. The finalisation of proposals for the various prototypes is happening right now.
Construction of individual mockup buildings will be started during the following months. Buildings will be monitored in order to verify the expected properties. The thermal insulation is scheduled to be tested as well as indoor and surface temperature and the heat flow through the panels. Additional future tests are expected to be held after installation. During the acclimation periods in varying seasons and weather conditions, the power consumption for heating and cooling will be measured. These measurements will be compared with their standards cement-based mock-ups.
This project is supported by the European Commission under the Energy Theme of the Horizon 2020
for Research and Technological development. Grant Agreement number 637138
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