Forest based composites for façades and interior partitions to improve indoor air quality in new builds and restoration

Acciona Infraestructuras S.A.

ACCIONA Infrastructuras is a leading European construction company constructing and managing buildings and civil infrastructures under the sustainability principles. It has an international presence in more than 30 countries and its total turnover in 2011 was about 3,5billion€, employing by 14.000 people. It is part of ACCIONA Group, whose business lines are Construction, Energy, Water, Real State, Urban-Environmental Services, Logistic and transport. ACCIONA’s business strategy is tightly linked to sustainability and in recognition of the company’s efforts and commitments in that direction, received in 2009 the Award for Corporate Sustainability of the EU Business Award.

ACCIONA uses cutting-edge technology to develop and apply the most advanced materials, components, systems and solutions for sustainability and in particular for energy efficient concepts, design, construction, operation and recycling of buildings. It applies to new and retrofitted buildings while preserving a high indoor environment quality. It has its own R&D Technological Centre in Madrid, composed by a multidisciplinary and international team of about 170 highly qualified researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Moreover, it account with 17 research laboratories and 2 production workshops to build prototypes.

At European level, ACCIONA plays an active role in the ECTP being part of its Executive Committee, co-leading the FA Cities and Buildings and it is a member on ECTP’s Advisory Group on SMEs. It chairs the Energy Efficient Building Association (E2BA) based in Brussels, and it is a member of the AD HOC Advisory Group to the EC on the PPP on Energy Efficient Buildings. It is also a member of EUROACE (European Alliance of companies for energy efficiency), ECCREDI (The European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation), ENCORD (European Network of construction companies for Research and Development), FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation) and others ETPs construction/energy related and is actively participating in several initiatives like Smart Energy Home or Inter-ETPs group. At international level, ACCIONA has recently joined to the Executive Committee of the “Caring for Climate” platform of the UN Global Compact initiative for participants seeking to demonstrate leadership on the issue of climate change.

Within FP7, ACCIONA Infraestructuras is currently involved leading and participating on several European Projects directly related with the topic such as: MEEFS (Coordinator) (EeB.NMP.2011-3) “Multifunctional Energy Efficient Façade System for Building Retrofitting”; BEEMUP (EeB.NMP- 2010.8.1-2) “Building Energy Efficiency for Massive market UPtake”; NANOINSULATE (EeBNMP. 2010-1) “Development of Nanotechnology-based High-performance Opaque & Transparent Insulation Systems for Energy-efficient Buildings”, AEROCOINS (EeB.NMP.2010-1) “Aerogel-Based Composite/Hybrid Nanomaterials for Cost-Effective Building Super-Insulation Systems” and TRANSIND (NMP-2008-3.4.-1) “Integrated cost-effective construction process for transport infraestructures, based on a flexible industrialization of FRP components; NANO-HVAC (EeB.NMP.2012-4) “Novel Nano-enabled Energy Efficient and Safe HVAC ducts and systems contributing to a healthier indoor environment”; BIOBUILD (EeB-NMP.2011-1) “High Performance, Economical and Sustainable Biocomposite Building Materials”.

Role in the project

It will develop eco-materials with good outdoor and fire performance (WP4). Besides it will manufacture the components based in eco-materials (WP5). They will contribute in prototyping (WP7).


This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609067.