The project involved various partners with expertise on different fields throughout the value chain of hemp and flax building materials. The level of expertise has been broadened by involving academics as well as industrialists. The partners worked closely with all stakeholders of the product chain of hemp and flax building materials: farmers, fibre processors, manufacturers, architects, building contractors and policy makers. The project aimed to foster the cooperation of all the stakeholders in order to support the development of cross sectoral product chains.
The organization covers a wide range of expertise from biomass production to biomass processing. On their farms experiments are carried out and demonstration events are organized with up to 15,000 visitor's each year. The organization combines both technological with socio-economical expertise and has ample experience with networking and knowledge transfer. On biobased materials, the organization plays a leading role in the Netherlands.
The Sustainable Materials Research Centre at BRUNEL (Brunel) has intensive research experience in hemp, flax and other natural materials and their innovative application in construction, from the synthesis and morphological control of micrometre and nanometre size particles to the macro production of building materials.
As a practical research and advisory centre for agri- and horticulture, Inagro has already researched the cultivation of flax for decades. More and more the focus of this research is the use of flax fibres for innovative technical applications besides the application for traditional textile products. Since 2010 Inagro also works on the cultivation and transformation of hemp in Flanders.
BAS does research on sustainability, mobility, reduce of energy consumption and renewables. Through lectures, workshops and building and renovation advice for individuals and local governments, they guide future builders on their way to a sustainable world.
Celabor has been specialised in the analysis of textile fibres for a long time. Due to the decline of textiles in the west countries, Celabor has diversified its knowledge towards the reinforcement of composites (for mechanical or building applications) and insulation products. Celabor has then specialised in the caracterisation of fibres and particles, and especially the natural fibres.
DLV Plant is the leading, independent advisory and research partner for the green sectors. DLV Plant is a privately held company, originally part of the Ministry of Agriculture, and has more than 100 years of experience in Dutch farming. Its activities are aimed at advice, research and projects in the Netherlands and further international.
CREPIM is one of the major European Laboratories for development and the approval of materials covered by fire regulations. CREPIM develops, guaranties and qualifies the fire performances of materials and assemblies for all concerned areas featuring the mass transportation sector and the building, electrical, and textile sectors. CREPIM has strong knowledge of National and European regulations and of the key parameters that biobased
building materials have to fulfil in order to get the access to the market.
The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA), RWTH Aachen University is a department of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University. The university is part of the Sonderforschungs-bereich SFB 532, which aims at sharpening the technical profile in the field of textile reinforced concrete for building applications.
MateriaNova research center is specialized in the synthesis and development of innovative biobased plastics, biocomposites and agro-materials, particularly from flax and hemp lignocellulosic fibres. A scale of new fully biobased insulating materials has entirely been developed by the MateriaNova research team. MateriaNova also works to enhance semi-finished or commercial products (composites, nonwovens, rigid or semi rigid panels) for specific building applications.
VIBE is an association specialized in promoting ecological construction in Flamish region of Belgium, using its own label and representing the German label "Natureplus" in Belgium. It is skilled in methodologies enabling assessment of eco-materials and will bring its own methodology to the project as well as its communication and education experience.
Saxion is an university with a research centers for practical situations. The Research Centre for Urban & Environmental Development conducts research in the urban area in its broadest sense. Regarding the Biobased economy, Saxion has a strong research base and a good national- and regional network regarding organic sources flax and hemp, organic (building) products and biofuels (biogas) and midstream processing, product specifications and economic processes.