02/09/2015: Innovation tour and seminar (Namur - Belgium)
Since the EU Interreg IVb project 'Grow2Build' enters its final stage, a final event has been hosted September 2nd 2015 in Namur (B). Around 50 participants from 6 European countries (even from Sweden) joined this final event in Namur. Among them many SME's, as well as representatives of research organizations, education and policy.
The partners organised a combination of innovation tour and a seminar. In the morning IsoHemp and ChanvrEco - two innovative producers of hemp and flax based building materials – have been visited by bus. After lunch a selection of the results and the achievements of the Grow2build project has been presented at Mundo Namur.
Topics discussed were improvement of fire behaviour of hempcrete blocks, results of a desk study on health and comfort issues related to the use of biobased building materials, bio-polyester as a matrix for bio-composites, results of a pilot on bio coating – based on linseed oil – for wood, (policy) recommendations for stimulating biobased building materials.
Afterwards a drink has been served and networking opportunity was offered: many participants used this informal gathering.
Presentations are available as well:
- Health, comfort, energy use and sustainability issues related to the use of biobased building materials (DLO)
- Results of a ring test of different hemp & flax decortication lines (Celabor)
- Mapping all companies of the supply chain of hemp and flax based building materials in a GIS-tool (Inagro)
- The Grow2Build Centre of excellence (Brunel)
- Test results fire performance of hempcrete blocks (Crepim)
- Research outcome improving flax fibre processing and materials performances (Materia Nova)
- Bio polyester as a matrix for hemp and flax reinforcements for use in window and door frames, in cooperation with Composites Evolution. (Brunel)
- Overview of pilots carried out in cooperation with local companies, f.i. wood-oil biofilm – based on linseed oil – as alternative for chemical wood impregnation. (Saxion)
- Grow2Build policy note. (Inagro)
- Grow2Build policy note - recommendations. (Inagro)