ECO-Binder

Development of insulating concrete systems based on novel low CO2 binders for a new family of eco-innovative, durable and standardized energy efficient envelope components

The ECO-Binder project aims to implement industrial R&D activities related to developing Belite-Ye’elimite-Ferrite (BYF) based low-CO2 binders and demonstrating the possibility of replacing Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) based concrete products with new ones based on the new Belite-Ye’elimite-Ferrite (BYF) technology. The new generation of concrete-based construction materials and prefabricated building envelope components are targeted to give a 30% lower carbon footprint, 20% better insulating performance and 15% lower cost than current solutions based on Portland cement.

Abstract

Concrete is the most widely used man-made material on Earth, with an annual consumption of around 10 billion m³. However, its fabrication is characterized by total CO2 emissions amounting to around 5% of the worldwide anthropogenic GHG emissions. More sustainable cements with lower embodied energy and CO2 footprint are needed. As stated in the European Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings (COM 2010/31/EU), the development of better performing insulation materials and lightweight systems for building envelopes is crucial, playing a significant role in the reduction of buildings operational energy while complying with the load bearing features of existing building structures. The ECO-binder project aims to implement industrial R&D activities on the results of previous research, demonstrating the possibility of replacing Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and OPC based concrete products with new ones based on the new Belite-Ye’elimite-Ferrite (BYF) class of low-CO2 binders to develop a new generation of concrete-based construction materials and prefabricated building envelope components with more than 30% lower embodied energy, 20% improved insulation properties and 15% lower cost than the actual solutions based on Portland cement. The new building envelope solutions will integrate multiple functions in a single product package, providing the higher performances in terms of acoustic insulation/absorption, fire resistance, dimensional stability, indoor air quality optimization, at an affordable cost. Demonstration of full-scale retrofitting and construction will be performed prototyping and installing a family of prefabricated concrete systems of different complexity and end-use in four different climatic conditions involving public authorities.. Results will be validated through dedicated LCAs, fostering the construction materials sector progress towards increased performing and ecosustainable products.

Partners

  • RINA CONSULTING (former D'APPOLONIA SPA), Italy
  • HEIDELBERGCEMENT AG, Germany
  • LAFARGE CENTRE DE RECHERCHE SAS, France
  • VICAT, France
  • BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LTD, United Kingdom
  • TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT, Denmark
  • NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA, Greece
  • NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES CENTER SRL, Romania
  • GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD, Hungary
  • ACCIONA INFRAESTRUCTURAS S.A., Spain
  • NUOVA TESI SYSTEM SRL, Italy
  • FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION, Spain
  • FENIX TNT SRO, Czech Republic
  • MUNICIPIUL DROBETA TURNU SEVERIN, Romania


Coordinator

RINA CONSULTING SPA (former D'APPOLONIA SPA), Italy

Duration

1 January 2015 – 31 December 2019

Budget

EUR 5,8 million

Funding Programme

H2020-EeB-2014-2015/H2020-EeB-2014

Area

Energy-Efficient Buildings

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