The EU funded BRIMEE project (Cost-effective and sustainable Bio-Renewable Indoor Materials with high potential for customisation and creative design in Energy Efficient buildings) aims at the development of better performing insulation materials for improving building energy performances and having a significant reduction of building operational energy, in combination with the capability not to emit harmful substances and to act as an absorber for indoor pollutants.
The project’s innovation is based on a Nano-Cristalline Cellulose (NCC) based foam, strengthened with Natural derived resin (furan), providing self-extinguishing features. An enzimatic approach and protein fusion to the Cellulose basis is exploited to confer to the material additional functionalities from the bulk, such as fragrance release, water repellence or anti-bacteria. Thanks to an advanced processing, the NCC material can be profitably extracted from the waste streams of the pulp and paper industry. Although the BRIMEE product family is applicable for the envelope and interior partitions of both new and existing buildings, most of the impact and the largest market is represented by buildings built before 1975 and requiring retrofitting. This is the initial market to be penetrated in line with EU priorities and recent action plans and directives.
The final aim of the project is to produce panels that can be well acceptable from building designers, architects, and the end users, thanks to their joint active involvement into the project, concurring the development of a product representing a real marketable solution for the end users.
For more information visit the project's website at the link provided below.
Project duration: 2013-07-01 to 2017-06-30