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

IVL Svenska Miljoeinstitutet AB

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is an independent research body, operated in the form of a limited non-profit company, owned by a foundation jointly established by the Swedish government and Swedish industry. Since 1966 IVL deals with environmental issues from a holistic perspective with the aim of contributing to sustainable societal development. It employs around 200 people, where 26% hold postgraduate degrees and 63% hold master’s degrees in engineering or other academic qualifications. Three employees hold adjunct professorships at Swedish universities. IVL has accredited laboratories, dealing both with research based and consulting environmental analyses.

IVL undertakes research projects and contract assignments in the energy, climate, environmental engineering, waste management, work and indoor environment, environmental monitoring and environmental quality evaluation areas, as well as studies of the environmental impact of air, water and soil pollution. Environmental impact assessments (EIA), life-cycle assessment (LCA) and life-cycle costs (LCC) are other areas in which IVL’s activities are well established. All IVL research activities are linked to six major themes: Sustainable building, Climate and energy, Resource-efficient products, Sustainable production, Air and transport, and Water. IVL has gained a leading position within the international scientific community through co-ordinating, participating in and organising projects and conferences. With the aim to transfer the know-how available within IVL, “IVL Knowledge” was founded. It organises training courses and seminars for the people working professionally in the area of environment and sustainable development.

Within the Sustainable building theme several international and local research projects have been initiated and/or completed. IVL carries out a national project on assessment of indoor air quality in lowenergy buildings. Sustainable construction, energy use and analysis of environmental impacts of buildings have been closely followed in several projects, among other SECURE, PASS-NET and NorthPass, all Intelligent Energy Europe projects, and in the on-going FP7 project BuildSmart. In the NorthPass project, IVL focused on LCA and LCC analysis of passive houses and comparison with conventional buildings in the Nordic region. IVL participates in the development of ISO 15804 “Environmental Product Declarations – Core rules for the product category of construction products” as Swedish expert within CEN TC 350. IVL has been responsible for the development of the Product Category Rules (used for the development of EPDs within the international EPD-system) for building products; PCR 2012:1. Materials and components reusability are being studied by further development of the reverse supply chain for construction and demolition materials in the FP7 project IRCOW. IVL will in the OSIRYS project coordinate the WP on Environmental Assessment (WP7).

Role in the project

It will be in charge of monitoring (WP7) and testing indoor air quality, development of LCA and study of reuse systems (WP8).


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