Building a climate-neutral Europe with natural bio-based construction materials

29Jan 2019

A new generation of innovators are revolutionising natural bio-based building by developing high performance products ready made for the mass market. To debate policies and initiatives to promote the use of these innovative materials to decarbonise construction the ISOBIO project partners invite policy makers, industry, civil society groups and all interested stakeholders to an event on 29 January in Brussels.

Event topic

How can buildings help combat climate change? As well as making buildings more energy efficient, our choice of materials has a profound impact.

Natural bio-based materials, which require low or no energy during their production, can reduce emissions significantly. Using plant based materials - which absorb carbon dioxide when growing - we can start to construct ‘zero carbon’ buildings, where the materials have absorbed more CO2 than is consumed during construction.

Building with natural materials like hemp-lime, clay and straw has traditionally been a small scale activity. But today, a new generation of companies are revolutionising natural building by developing products ready made for the mass market. They combine natural materials with innovative technologies to make products that feel like, and perform like, market leading materials. Widescale deployment of natural bio-based materials could turn our built environment into a carbon store, and bring other benefits in terms of occupant health and comfort, and reusability/biodegradability. For now however, their market share remains modest.

Programme and registration

As well as presenting the state-of-the-art in natural bio-based materials, the event will discuss promising policy options to incentivise their uptake by the construction industry. Organisations currently promoting bio-based construction will share their experiences and plot a way forward. A full agenda will be released shortly.

The event is free of charge, but registration is mandatory via this link. A networking drinks reception will follow the event.

Contact: James Ling, Greenovate! Europe (j.ling@greenovate-europe.eu)

The Isibio Project 

The ISOBIO project is a Horizon 2020 EU-funded research project. Partners from across Europe have developed bio-based systems which can be produced at industrial scale. The main innovation is the creation of rigid hemp insulation panel, with a lower density and improved thermal conductivity. ISOBIO’s new bio-based systems are currently being tested and demonstrated in the UK and Spain. After four years the project will close in January 2019. Learn more in our new video.


 Brussels     29/01 - 29/01/2019
Moderated by : Alexia ROBIN

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