The COST Action FP1303 “Performance of Biobased building materials” started its activities with the kick-off meeting on 22nd October 2013 in Brussels and will run for 4 years.
Maintaining and expanding the market potential for bio-based building products in indoor and outdoor construction uses remains a key activity for European industry in the forestry and biotechnological sector. Performance data for many "environmental friendly" building materials are lacking as well as suitable comprehensive test methodologies to determine their resistance against mould, stain, and decay. The similarity in terms of decay hazard, resulting response on climatic loads and thus performance of different bio-based building materials has not yet been recognised adequately, wherefore this Action will provide a platform for networking and scientific exchange between different disciplines, such as material sciences, wood technology, biology, biotechnology, building physics and engineering. Consumer demands and preferences, which might serve as limit states to develop service life prediction and performance models, will consider aesthetical aspects as well as the functionality of building assemblies. A coordinated effort to put the issue of biodegradability of organic building products on the agenda will contribute to the control and prevention of this imminent threat to use bio-based building materials, which in turn could severely damage a pan-European low carbon building agenda. Additional information can be found on the official webpage run by through COST.
The activities of the COST Action will be 3 Working Groups:
Working Group 1: Material capability and enhancement
Working Group 2: Functionality and performance
Working Group 3: Adaptation and application
1 January 2016 (NEW): CNR-IVALSA invite participants to join their BIO4ever Project. See the page in News for more details.
8 January 2016 (NEW): COST FP1303 will hold a technical workshop on 24-25 February 2016 at National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA), Madrid, Spain. The theme of the conference will be “Designing with bio-based building materials – Challenges and opportunities”. The workshop will be followed by a Management Committee meeting. The call for papers can be found here.
11 January 2016 (NEW): The University of Copenhagen will organise a course this spring/early summer (May 30 to June 3, 2016) on various experimental methods for characterizing interaction of water in wood. The course, which will provide 4 ECTS for successful participation, is aimed primarily at Ph.D students. The provisional flyer may be downloaded from here and more details may be obtained from Emil Engelund Thybring (firstname.lastname@example.org).