New European Bauhaus - Exploiting the potential of secondary bio-based products

Deadline :
September 19, 2024 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
EUR 8 000 000
Partners required:
Three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country.

Funding Programme

The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative that connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces and experiences.

Call overview

This call aims to explore the potential of innovativebio-based products making use of materials from secondary sources for constructionapplications.

Expected outcome

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Better understanding of the properties of products using bio-based material(s) derived from secondary sources by the construction sector stakeholders;
  • Roadmaps for the industrial scale production or re-use (beyond the established state-of-the art recycling and down-cycling) of at least four different types of products using secondary bio-based materials unlocking and demonstrating the full potential and benefits of the circular bio-based economy;
  • Enhanced environmental performance of the construction products, including enhanced resource efficiency and potential long-term carbon removal.

Scope

Although the NEB has been championing bio-based materials for the built environment, more research is needed on products that make use of secondary bio-based construction materials, such as from by-products or waste from other industries or processes, including bio-based composites and residues/by-products from agriculture or from fishing, aquaculture and agro-food industries, in line with the cascading principles[1]. Using such products in the construction sector will reduce reliance on primary resources, hence minimising the environmental impact associated with their extraction and processing.

Proposals should increase the potential of innovative bio-based products making use of materials from secondary sources for construction applications, thereby enhancing the circular bio-based economy in the construction sector, in line with the NEB values and the cascading principles. Project results will allow to inform the construction sector’s supply chain, including architects, developers and other construction sector stakeholders, about the availability, potential, and added-value of bio-based materials from secondary sources for new construction and renovation projects.

Proposals are expected to, for each secondary bio-based product covered:

  • Assess its properties, benefits, design and construction possibilities and aesthetic[2]. This should cover at least the structural, thermal, acoustic, health-related and durability properties as well as the life cycle performance and environmental impact. This should also include the potential for deconstruction, re-use and recycling when buildings/public spaces undergo changes;
  • Validate it in a relevant environment;
  • Identify the sectors and applications where the chosen secondary bio-based material(s) could be embedded in construction processes and practices;
  • Evaluate its economic scalability, including pathways for setting up efficient circular value chain to collect the secondary source.
  • Contribute to the development of relevant European standards.

Cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary collaboration is encouraged between profiles such as architects, artists, designers, engineers, biologists, urban planners, environmentalists, social scientists, and by extension the broader cultural and creative sector.

Actions are strongly recommended to collaborate with and build on the work of relevant research, including national or European funded research[3]. Actions are also encouraged to take into account and contribute with their results to future work in the field of regenerative design applied to architecture.

Projects shall share their intermediate and final results and findings with the 'New European Bauhaus hub for results and impacts' that will be established[4]. It will also cooperate, interact and take part in its activities when relevant to support the achievement of its objectives. Resources should be dedicated to engage with this Coordination and Support Action.

Eligibility

Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations4) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not).

Consortium composition

Unless otherwise provided for in the specific call/topic conditions, only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:

  • at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
  • at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.

Budget

EUR 8 000 000.

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Deadline :
September 19, 2024 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
EUR 8 000 000
Partners required:
Three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country.