ECO-Binder - Development of insulating concrete systems based on novel low-CO2 binders

Martin  Kaasgaard

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ECO-Binder - Development of insulating concrete systems based on novel low-CO2 binders

Project start January 2014. Expected completed January 2019.

Summary

The Danish Technological Institute is one of partners in the ECO-Binder project, which is a project funded by the European Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 and coordinated by D'Appolonia SpA in Italy. The project aims at replacing Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and OPC based concrete products with the novel Belite-Ye’elimite-Ferrite (BYF) class of low-CO2 binders to develop a new generation of concrete-based construction materials and prefabricated building envelope. The new building envelope solutions will integrate multiple functions to deliver an improved performance in terms of acoustic insulation/absorption, fire resistance, dimensional stability, and indoor air quality at an affordable cost. Specifically, 30% lower embodied energy, 20% improved insulation properties, and 15% lower cost than the actual OPC-based solutions. Demonstrations of full-scale retrofitting and construction will follow the initial characterization, optimization, and product development phases. The final goal is to prototype and install a set of prefabricated concrete systems in four different climatic conditions involving public authorities. Dedicated life-cycle assessments will validate the products’ performance, fostering the construction materials sector towards eco-sustainable products.

Project objectives

  • Demonstrate the feasibility of replacing OPC-based concrete products with new products based on the novel Belite-Ye’elimite-Ferrite (BYF) class of low-CO2 binders
  • Develop an envelope retrofitting and construction system with a new generation of prefabricated building envelope components
  • Enable the production of building envelope systems with 30% lower embodied energy, 20% improved insulation properties, and 15% lower cost than current market solutions

Participants

  • Acciona infraestructuras s.a., ES
  • Building Research Establishment Ltd, UK
  • Danish Technological Institute, DK
  • Drobeta-Turnu Severin Municipality, RO
  • Fenix TNT s.r.o., CZ
  • Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, ES
  • Geonardo Environmental Technologies Ltd, HU
  • Heidelbergcement AG, DE
  • Lafarge Centre De Recherche SAS, FR
  • National Technical University of Athens - NTUA, GR
  • Novel Technologies Center s.r.l., RO
  • Nuova Tesi System s.r.l, IT
  • Vicat S/A, FR