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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: NMP-2008-4.0-8 | Award Amount: 4.52M | Year: 2010

Bioresistancy of building and finishing materials usually requires addition of dedicated bioactive chemicals, so-called biocides. The usual increase in biocide concentration only results in a minor prolongation of the material service-life. For example, coatings usually exhibit biocidal functionality between 0.5 and 2 years depending on environmental loads , whereas the desired service life in building practice is at least 10 years. This relatively short service life results in early replacement and a high impact on the environment. In this proposal we will therefore focus on extending the service-life of bio-active agents in finishing materials by the introduction of a smart concept of bio-inhibitor release. This smart release mechanism will consists of an induced response on external stimuli. Our aim is to increase the activity of the bio-inhibitors with at least a factor of 5. Within this project we will focus on applying the concepts in several materials for construction such as paints and plasters for indoor use. The applied technologies will be selected based on their market impact and broad applications in other products for the construction sector.

Recent work has shown the possibility to drastically increase the reflection performance of the building envelop, using nanotechnologies. Standard metal oxides are already known for their solar reflection properties, but latest developments identified that nanotechnologies can improve Index of Reflectance from an average of 0,35 to 0,85 because of their effectiveness on Near Infrared wavelengths, even on non white surfaces. The NIR reflective COOL-Coverings Project aims to develop an easy to use and cost-effective range of coatings that can be rapidly offered in the market of retrofitting and new constructions: (1) on the external walls; (2) on faades ceramics; (3) on the roofs, for which an already existing new generation membrane will incorporate a nanotechnological-based NIR reflecting coating; (4) on the internal walls and tiles, since the NIR-Reflecting nanocrystalline oxides can be developed in such a reflection range that may also cover the radiation from indoor heating systems. Glazed envelops and windows have not been considered in the scope of the project since several players are already active with a considerable amount of scientific papers. First simulations showed that NIR reflective solutions allow interesting savings in cooling and heating bills, and pay off rapidly the initial investment. The more competitive target will be air-conditioned buildings with flat roof in hot Mediterranean coast, while there is a clear evidence that also buildings in northern continental climates will payoff the additional investment in the NIR technology, due to reflective properties of the internal walls.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: WASTE-1-2014 | Award Amount: 11.52M | Year: 2015

The overall objective of FISSAC project is to develop and demonstrate a new paradigm built on an innovative industrial symbiosis model towards a zero waste approach in the resource intensive industries of the construction value chain, tackling harmonized technological and non technological requirements, leading to material closed-loop processes and moving to a circular economy. A methodology and a software platform will be developed in order to implement the innovative industrial symbiosis model in a feasible scenario of industrial symbiosis synergies between industries (steel, aluminium, natural stone, chemical and demolition and construction sectors) and stakeholders in the extended construction value chain. It will guide how to overcome technical barriers and non technical barriers, as well as standardisation concerns to implement and replicate industrial symbiosis in a local/regional dimension. The ambition of the model will be to be replicated in other regions and other value chains symbiosis scenarios. The model will be applied based on the three sustainability pillars. FISSAC will demonstrate the applicability of the model as well as the effectiveness of the innovative processes, services and products at different levels: - Manufacturing processes: with demonstration of closed loop recycling processes to transform waste into valuable secondary raw materials, and manufacturing processes of the novel products at industrial scale - Product validation: with demonstration of the eco-design of eco-innovative construction products (new Eco-Cement and Green Concrete, innovative ceramic tiles and Rubber Wood Plastic Composites) in pre-industrial processes under a life cycle approach, and demonstration at real scale in different case studies of the application and the technical performance of the products - FISSAC model, with the demonstration of the software platform and replicability assessment of the model through living lab concept

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2012-1 | Award Amount: 8.53M | Year: 2012

The overall scope of the DAPhNE project is to develop and demonstrate a package of integrated solutions for energy intensive processes (ceramics, cement and glass), based on tuning micro-wave technologies to the material characteristics and on intelligent control systems, to provide real time information about the energy consumption as well as the product quality. Microwave heating is now a well established heating technique for many industrial sectors with low temperature processes (i.e. drying) and low power demand. However, high temperature microwave heating has not been implemented as a full-scale industrial-processing. The DAPhNE project brings together three manufacturing sectors (ceramic, glass and cement) with common problems in relation to the energy consumption of their firing processes, seeking common solutions via the implementation of high temperature MW technologies based on self-adaptive control and monitoring systems. The multidisciplinary consortium comprises 7 industrial partners together with 1 technological-based company closely collaborating with group of 9 research organizations. The DAPhNE project brings together the ceramic, glass and cement industries to develop, test and demonstrate a package of modular and re-configurable solutions based on: Self-adaptive control of high temperature MW processes as well as Active control of production lines that incorporate the above proposed MW solutions, capable of maximizing autonomy and interaction capability with existing machinery and ensuring re-use of existing infrastructures.

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