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Development and Demonstration of Highly Insulating, Construction Materials from Bio-derived Aggregates

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "ISOBIO" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
postcode: CB21 6AL

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 6˙286˙320 €
 EC max contribution 5˙470˙127 € (87%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Technologies enabling energy-efficient systems and energy-efficient buildings with a low environmental impact)
 Code Call H2020-EeB-2014
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-02-01   to  2019-01-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TWI LIMITED UK (CAMBRIDGE) coordinator 960˙402.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF BATH UK (BATH) participant 1˙248˙750.00
3    UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I FR (RENNES CEDEX) participant 919˙659.00
4    ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA ES (ALCOBENDAS) participant 497˙000.00
5    CAVAC BIOMATERIAUX FR (LA ROCHE SUR YON) participant 490˙704.00
6    GREENOVATE ! EUROPE BE (BRUXELLES) participant 300˙375.00
7    NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI NO (AAS) participant 237˙458.00
9    BCB SAS FR (CHATILLON LE DUC) participant 216˙038.00
10    CLAYTEC EK DE (VIERSEN) participant 176˙138.00
11    STRAMIT INTERNATIONAL LIMITED UK (London) participant 140˙000.00
12    MODCELL LTD UK (BRISTOL) participant 48˙467.00
14    STYLE OLIVER ES (BARCELONA) participant 0.00


 Project objective

The ISOBIO project will develop a new approach to insulating materials through the novel combination of existing bio-derived aggregates with low embodied carbon with innovative binders to produce durable composite construction materials. These novel composites will target 50% lower embodied energy and carbon than traditional oil based insulation panels, and will increase thermal insulation compared with traditional systems by at least 20%. By using bio-based materials, using vertical integration from raw material production through to finished systems, the ISOBIO project aims to reduce costs by at least 15% over traditional systems. The use of bio-based materials ensures that whole life energy use is reduced through taking advantage of the photosynthesis of atmospheric carbon which is sequestered in the fabric of the building for its lifetime. The ISOBIO materials take advantage of the natural moisture sorption/desorption characteristics of bio-based materials, which is known to passively manage the indoor environment resulting in greatly improved indoor air and environmental quality, whilst at the same time reducing the demand for air conditioning.


List of deliverables.
Full LCA and economic assessment for final product cradle to cradle Documents, reports 2019-11-19 17:12:30
Stakeholder workshops Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-11-19 17:12:29
PEF produced in accordance with ILCD procedures and PEF products category rules Documents, reports 2019-11-19 17:12:29
BIM-compatible database final version Other 2019-11-19 17:12:29
Website and communication material Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-11-19 17:12:29
Audio-visual material Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-11-19 17:12:29

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of ISOBIO deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 LG Tellnes, C Ganne-Chedeville, A Dias, F Dolezal, C Hill, E Zea Escamilla
Comparative assessment for biogenic carbon accounting methods in carbon footprint of products: a review study for construction materials based on forest products
published pages: 815-823, ISSN: 1971-7458, DOI: 10.3832/ifor2386-010
iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry 10/5 2019-11-19
2018 Callum Hill, Andrew Norton, Janka Dibdiakova
A comparison of the environmental impacts of different categories of insulation materials
published pages: 12-20, ISSN: 0378-7788, DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.12.009
Energy and Buildings 162 2019-11-19
2018 Marion Bourebrab, Géraldine Durand, Alan Taylor
Development of Highly Repellent Silica Particles for Protection of Hemp Shiv Used as Insulation Materials
published pages: 4, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma11010004
Materials 11/2 2019-11-19
2016 C. A. S. Hill & J. Dibdiakova
The Environmental Impact of Wood Compared to Other Building Materials – The Impact of European Standard En15804
published pages: , ISSN: 2042-6445, DOI:
International Wood Products Journal 4 issues per year 2019-11-19
2017 PROG, UoB, ACC
“ISOBIO: trazando la vía para el desarrollo de materiales de construcción naturales a gran escala”
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Libro de Comunicaciones IV Congreso Edificios Energía Casi Nula 2019-11-19
2016 Florence Collet
Hemp-straw composites: thermal and hygric performances
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
ICOME 2016 International Conference on Materials & Energy 2019-11-19
2016 Oliver Style
Measured performance of a lightweight straw bale passive house in a Mediterranean heat wave
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
The 20th International Passive House Conference 2019-11-19
2015 Mike Lawrence
Reducing the Environmental Impact of Construction by Using Renewable Materials
published pages: 163-174, ISSN: 2164-6325, DOI:
Journal of Renewable Materials 4 issues a year 2019-11-19
2018 Atif Hussain, Juliana Calabria-Holley, Diane Schorr, Yunhong Jiang, Mike Lawrence, Pierre Blanchet
Hydrophobicity of hemp shiv treated with sol-gel coatings
published pages: 850-860, ISSN: 0169-4332, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.10.210
Applied Surface Science 434 2019-11-19
2015 Callum Hill
The Environmental Impact of Wood Compared to Other Building Materials – The Impact of European Standard En15804
published pages: 133-142, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the International Panel Products Symposium 7-8/10/2015 2019-11-19
2016 Florence Collet
Characterisation and comparison of thermal and hydric properties of hemp-clay composite and hemp-lime composite
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
ICOME 2016 International Conference On Materials & Energy 2019-11-19
2017 Atif Hussain, Juliana Holley, Mike Lawrence, Yunhong Jiang
Induced binding effect of cellulose-based building materials via sol-gel technology
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
19th International Sol-gel Conference 2019-11-19
2018 Marie Viel, Florence Collet, Yann Lecieux, Marc François, Valentin Colson, Christophe Lanos, Atif Hussain et Mike Lawrence
Évaluation de la durabilité de matériaux de construction biosourcés
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
36èmes Rencontres de l’AUGC, ENISE/LTDS 2019-11-19
2018 Atif Hussain, Juliana Calabria-Holley, Yunhong Jiang, Mike Lawrence
Modification of hemp shiv properties using water-repellent sol–gel coatings
published pages: 187-197, ISSN: 0928-0707, DOI: 10.1007/s10971-018-4621-2
Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology 86/1 2019-11-19
2018 Marie Viel, Florence Collet, Christophe Lanos
Chemical and multi-physical characterization of agro-resources’ by-product as a possible raw building material
published pages: 214-237, ISSN: 0926-6690, DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2018.04.025
Industrial Crops and Products 120 2019-11-19
2018 O Style
Measured versus calculated thermal transmittance of a bio-based prefabricated timber frame wall panel
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
10th Spanish Passivhaus Conference Proceedings Book 2019-11-19
2018 O Style
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Congreso de Edificios de Energia Casi Nula 2019-11-19
2019 Marie Viel, Florence Collet, Yann Lecieux, Marc Louis Maurice François, Valentin Colson, Christophe Lanos, Atif Hussain, Mike Lawrence
Resistance to mold development assessment of bio-based building materials
published pages: 406-418, ISSN: 1359-8368, DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.09.063
Composites Part B: Engineering 158 2019-11-19
2019 Martin P. Ansell, Michael Lawrence, Yunhong Jiang, Andy Shea, Pete Walker
Bio-composite panels and renders for construction
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials, 2nd edition 2019-11-19
2018 Atif Hussain, Juliana Holley, Mike Lawrence, Yunhong Jiang
Functionalised silica based surface coating for Enhancing the Hygroscopic Properties of Bio-based Building Insulation Materials
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
SurfCoat Korea 2019-11-19
2019 Yunhong Jiang, Michael Lawrence, Atif Hussain, Martin Ansell, Pete Walker
Comparative moisture and heat sorption properties of fibre and shiv derived from hemp and flax
published pages: 823-843, ISSN: 0969-0239, DOI: 10.1007/s10570-018-2145-0
Cellulose 26/2 2019-11-19
2017 Jiang Y, Ansell MP, Jia X, Hussain A, Lawrence M
Physical characterisation of hemp shiv: Cell wall structure and porosity
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
ICBBM & ECOGRAFI 2017 2019-11-19
2019 Atif Hussain, Juliana Calabria-Holley, Mike Lawrence, Martin P. Ansell, Yunhong Jiang, Diane Schorr, Pierre Blanchet
Development of novel building composites based on hemp and multi-functional silica matrix
published pages: 266-273, ISSN: 1359-8368, DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.08.093
Composites Part B: Engineering 156 2019-11-19
2018 Y. Jiang, M. Lawrence, M. P. Ansell, A. Hussain
Cell wall microstructure, pore size distribution and absolute density of hemp shiv
published pages: 171945, ISSN: 2054-5703, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171945
Royal Society Open Science 5/4 2019-11-19
2017 A. Hussain, D. Schorr, P. Blanchet, J.C.Holley, M. Lawrence
Hydrophobic Sol-Gel Coatings on Bio-Based Materials – Influence of Catalystand Solvent Concentration
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2nd International Conference on Bio-based Building Materials & 1st Conference on ECOlogical valorisation of GRAnular and FIbrous materials 2019-11-19

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