The OSIRYS project aims to improve energy efficiency and indoor environmental air quality. This is being achieved through the development of forest-based biocomposites for façades and interior partitions that can be both retro-fitted into existing buildings and incorporated into new constructions.
Over the last few decades, indoor air quality and emissions from building materials have been a major challenge for scientists, consumers and the construction industry itself. Contaminants such as VOCs, formaldehyde, particulates and fibres are all by-products of traditional building materials.
OSIRYS partners can use these new eco-innovative, forest-based bio-composite materials to build healthier indoor environments. These cleaner interiors will help reduce the construction industry’s current emissions crises.
A practical solution for façades and interior partitions will be developed that will prove invaluable in a huge range of real life applications – all the while satisfying the strictest building code requisites.
These new materials will improve air quality by eliminating micro-organisms, greatly improving air flow and increasing thermal and acoustic insulation.
Over the past few years, the construction industry has begun to use this type of façade as a replacement for traditional brick and mortar. Once assembled, these layered façades meet the same insulation and protection requirements of traditional façades.
Curtain wall façades incorporate aluminium profiles that support large glass panels.
Due to lower structural requirements, window profiles can now be made of wood, aluminium, PVC and polyurethane.
Currently, the most common interior partitions are made of brick. Not only is achieving adequate acoustic insulation with brick complex, but the need to use water in their construction necessitates very long installation times.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609067.