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

Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation

TECNALIA is a private non-profit organization established in 2010 from the merger of 8 existing technology research centres. TECNALIA is the leading private and independent research and technology entity in Spain and the fifth largest in Europe. TECNALIA employs more than 1.475 people (188 PhDs) and its turnover is 113 MEuros. It filed 58 patents, has 4,000 clients and 28 spin-off companies (2011). It is very active in the FP7 area having already been granted over 264 projects, coordinating 64. The Construction Division is the department directly involved with OSIRYS. It specializes in meeting the technological demands of Construction and Building Industries. It has established research areas covering new materials, energy efficiency in building, thermal systems, biotechnologies and information and communication technologies (ICTs). Mainly, two areas of the Construction Unit will be involved in this project:

  • The Industrialized Building Systems and Construction Processes area, with multidisciplinary staff covers designers, architects and structural and energy engineers, is active in development
    of new construction systems/products based on two main approaches such as Development of high performance architecture envelopes and façade of modular industrialized solutions, having into account in all moment the energetic/acoustics/environment/ structural/ industrialization and safety performances.
  • The Innovative and Sustainable Materials area is focused on the development of eco materials mainly for the construction sector. The technologies in which the group of polymers is working
    are: Substitution of fossil fuel based materials by renewable ones, Processing of materials by extrusion, compression and injection moulding, Functionalization of natural fibres and
    nanoparticles for composites and Development of polymers and composites with special characteristics.

In relation to this project, TECNALIA, and specially the Unit of Construction, has many years of experience in the field of sustainability, covering areas of energy, environment and construction. Some of the related FP7 projects where TECNALIA has participated as coordinator or as a partner are: SUSREF: SUStainable REFurbishment of Building Facades and External Walls (2008-2011); MEEFS:  Multifunctional Energy Efficient Façade System for Building Retrofitting (2012-2015);FACOMP: Polymeric Nanocomposite profiles for curtain wall (FP7: Research for the benefit of SMEs); PLACOTOP: Plastic/Cork composites: an innovative sustainable material for wine stoppers (CIP Eco- Innovation); IRCOW: Innovative Strategies for high-grade material recovery from construction and demolition waste (FP7 ENV.2010.3.1.3-1)

Role in the project

Coordinator of the project (WP1 and 2). It will develop and test eco-materials with fire performance (WP4) and evaluate all characteristics of the systems (WP5). Environmental aspects will consider recycling of thermoplastic biocomposites (WP8). It will participate in the designs of the products developed in the project (WP6). Furthermore, Tecnalia will use its demonstrator building, KUBIK, to monitor and evaluate the different products and systems (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.