As part of a call for projects launched by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England European Territorial Cooperation program, the University of Brighton, together with its Nomadéis and its French and English partners are carrying out the Sustainable Bio&Waste Resources for Construction (SB&WRC) project. It aims at developing prototypes of construction materials based on bio-resources and recycled waste.
The consortium is composed of academic research laboratories, consultancies, industry stakeholders and construction professional associations. The partners include:
Over 27 months, the SB&WRC partners will work to design, produce and test three prototypes of innovative low-carbon thermal insulants made from bio-based and recycled materials.
University of Brighton academics Duncan Baker-Brown, Nick Gant and Dr Ryan Woodard will source bio-based and textile waste material local to the Brighton area. Prototype insulation panels constructed with this material will be fixed to the Waste House situated on the university's Grand Parade campus.
The European Union (ERDF) will fund 69% of the project budget, which amounts to 1,8 M€ overall.
The INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme is a Cross Border European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Programme, which aims at supporting the development of the France (Channel) England area, in line with the goals of the 2020 Europe strategy to create jobs and stir smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
In order to select and fund projects that can contribute to these goals, the Interreg VA France (Channel) England programme is structured around 3 priorities, which are themselves split into 5 specific objectives.
The Sustainable Bio&Waste Resources for Construction (SB&WRC) project lies within Priority 2 and Specific Objective 2.1 on the development of low-carbon technologies.
Within this framework, the SB&WRC project’s main objectives are:
Involvement of Nomadéis in the project
As Leading Partner, Nomadéis oversees the coordination and the administrative and financial management of the project.
Besides, Nomadéis will use its expertise in the fields of sustainable development, green industries and new economic models to contribute to the project at different stages, from the assessment of bio-based and waste resources stocks and flux, to the economic and environmental analysis of the prototypes.
The precise role of Nomadéis in the project is detailed below:
Definition and design of prototypes:
Production, deployment and assessment of the prototypes:
Dissemination of project contents for information and awareness raising of professionals:
Background information about European territorial cooperation.