Internal insulation systems

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OVERVIEW | Insulating historic buildings: approaches and materials

Historic buildings constitute a considerable share of the European building stock. About 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old, with 26.4% dating from before 1945 [1]. Improving the energy performance of historic buildings (i.e. buildings...

Bioconstruction: beyond hempcrete

Today whoever decides to invest in biobased buildings is a pioneer in the construction sector, as it is still a niche market. But latest research about industrial hemp materials have developed products that may be more competitive   One of the...

ISOBIO mid-term project meeting: demonstrating the benefits of bio-based materials for the construction sector

On the way to demonstrating the benefits of bio-based materials for the construction sector   ISOBIO aims to develop new bio-based insulation panels and renders, and to scale them for mainstream adoption by the...

Fitting hot and cold climates into the “envelope”

The “energy eater” European building stock is aiming for a greener future. Researchers are testing an “envelope” system combining active and passive technologies, fitted over the existing façade, to make buildings more efficient. But will...

When indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air

“Besides the contaminants we find outside, we also have indoor contaminants. There are pollutants typical of homes such as dust, spores, moulds, and those produced by human activities like cooking and house-cleaning, that contribute to the...

Thermally efficient social housing for young adults

When young people move out of supported accommodation the leap to independent living can be tough. A new project in the north west of England is converting a former sheltered housing block for elderly people into managed...

A raincoat for our houses

From the use of Gore-Tex-like waterproof fabrics to the development of “breathable” bio-based materials, the construction industry is chasing breakthrough solutions to insulate buildings and keep living areas free from damp and...

Highlighting energy infastructure: new Insulation Calculation Tool goes live

Many construction projects always have one thing in common – the energy infrastructure is key. The guidelines are clear: less CO2 emissions, better lifetime and improved climate protection, all achieved through both intention and action....

Homes made with bio-based materials store CO2 just like trees

Houses built with bio-based materials, such as timber, straw and hemp, act as CO2 banks. Experts explain how citizens can become custodians of atmospheric carbon dioxide and thus help reduce air pollution.   Domestic efforts play an...

Isobio project workshop results: Bio-based building systems creating a bio-economy

Beyond research, towards the market   ISOBIO is emerging from the research phase and taking its first steps towards its target market. Bringing innovation and research outcomes to the attention of experts and...