Fostering a circular economy in the construction sector
The originality of the Sustainable Bio & Waste Resources project for Construction (SB&WRC) in the framework of the European Interreg Territorial Cooperation Program France (Channel) England lies notably in its method: designing prototypes of building materials based on existing common agricultural waste and co-products that are widely available and underutilized (in the area) within the defined perimeter. In this, the project is directly rooted in the geographic area and in a logic of cross-border cooperation.
This logic is also supported by the need to bring together all the rare technical skills and equipment (valorisation of agricultural co-products, waste recovery / Waste House, Building Research Park, climatic chamber, etc.) essential to the scientific success of the project, and to reach a critical mass of actors able to influence market trends.
The project also aims to raise the awareness of French and English building professionals about the benefits of these materials. This shoud encourage them to continue the development of prototypes after the end of the project for commercialization, and to accelerate the adoption of these types of insulation materials more generally. In order to do this, professionals will be involved in the project during the launching and closing events, at the design stages (3 partner-professional workshops) and operational deployment of the prototypes (4 events on pilot sites), via 4 conferences, an online community, and an online survey.
The SB&WRC project will address challenge n°1 and n°2 of the Programme area through a new collaboration between 4 universities, 2 associations, one small business, and one global corporation, in the framework of an R&D initiative in the field of energy efficiency in buildings. The project will also address challenges n°4 and n°5 by working towards the enhancement of energy efficiency in a context of limited resources by mobilising under-exploited renewable resources (notably agricultural resources).
The SB&WRC project is supported by the European program Interreg VA France (Channel) England and receives financial support from the ERDF. The European Union (ERDF) will finance 69% of the overall project budget, estimated at around € 1.8M (€ 1.26M from ERDF).