This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 946255
Eco-innovative building products for sustainable construction in a circular economy
Criaterra develops regenerative construction materials and products to enable the transformation of the building industry into a circular economy. Globally, construction and the use of building materials account for 50% of extracted materials, 50% of its energy consumption, 33% of its water consumption and 33% of all waste generation. The construction material manufacturing process incinerates virgin materials, changing their natural properties and rendering them non-biodegradable and eventually problematic waste.
This resource-intensive process is a massive CO2 emitter, and revolutionizing it is a key EC priority. The circular economy represents a €4 trillion opportunity however, with a global economy that is only 9.1% circular, there is a massive circularity gap. Redesigning the entire lifecycle of building products and their production methods is central to reducing the environmental impact of the construction industry and developing a circular economy. Criaterra’s disruptive innovation produces products using minimal energy (90% energy savings compared to ceramics), generate minimal emissions (97% GHG savings compared to concrete), are manufactured from up to 70% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable. They have the strength of concrete and very low thermal conductivity. They dramatically reduce the energy consumption, waste stream and CO2 emissions of the built environment.
The global green building materials market size is expected to reach €323 billion by 2022 rising from 170 billion in 2016, at a CAGR of 11.2%. It is Criaterra’s goal to use this opportunity to become a leader in developing circular, regenerative materials using low embedded energy production practices in construction. Criaterra’s 2-year innovation project expands the product portfolio, industrializes the production method and reduces production costs, achieving competitive pricing to reach a broad market and drive green construction towards a circular reality.
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Start date: 1/04/2020 - End date: 31/03/2022