The ECO-SEE project actively promotes networking with other projects with an interest in Indoor Environmental quality.  Following the completion of the AMANAC project, the members of the IEQ thematic area agreed to continue to coordinate an IEQ network in order to encourage support between projects with an interest in Indoor Environmental Quality.  The network enables collaboration through meetings and attendance at events and the exchange of ideas and knowledge. The most recent meeting of the IEQ network was held on the 5th April 2017, and was used to share recent project news and developments, and plan future activities. 

The original members of the AMANAC Indoor Environment thematic area have continued to be involved in the IEQ network, and a brief description of their project activities is given below.

BRIMEE: Cost-effective and sustainable Bio-Renewable Indoor Materials with high potential for customisation and creative design in Energy Efficient Buildings 

Today’s challenge is the realisation of sustainable low-energy buildings, which combine thermal insulation properties with a healthy, comfortable and safe indoor environment. The BRIMEE project aims to combine the development of better performing insulation materials providing a significant reduction of buildings operational energy, with the capability not to emit harmful substances and to act as an absorber for indoor pollutants.

More information about the project and its consortium can be found at: www.brimee.eu

H-House: Healthier Life with Eco-innovative Components for Housing Constructions

An adequate building envelope should protect against moisture ingress, heat loss in winter, excessive heating in summer and noise. H-HOUSE will develop new eco-innovative materials and building components that prevent the accumulation of pollutants and reduce noise for a healthier indoor environment. Solutions for the building envelope and internal walls cover aspects of chemical and physical ‘activity’ of the building materials, embodied energy, suitability for different applications and environments, durability, cost-efficiency and long-term improvement of energy efficiency of buildings.

More information about the project and its consortium can be found at: www.h-house-project.eu

OSIRYS: Safe, energy-efficient and affordable new eco-innovative materials for building envelopes and/or partitions to provide a healthier indoor environment

The OSIRYS project will look to improve indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency by developing forest-based biocomposites and products for facades and interior partitions to be applied in retrofitting and new building construction.

OSIRYS proposes a holistic solution for façades and interior partitions for retrofitting and new construction by developing biocomposites to meet Building Code requirements which also improve indoor air quality by VOC and microorganisms elimination, increase thermal and acoustic insulation and control breathability of the construction systems. Research activities encompass new eco-innovative materials, aesthetic aspects, LCA and cost evaluation, compliance with the Building Code and consideration of different climates.

More information about the project and its consortium can be found at: www.osirysproject.eu .

CETIEB: Cost-effective Tools for Better Indoor Environment in Retrofitted Energy Efficient Buildings

CETIEB developed innovative solutions for monitoring indoor environment quality and detecting insufficient comfort and health factors. Results achieved are a new single VOC sensor (MEMS based spectrometer on a chip) as OEM, a low-cost infrared vision system to monitor comfort parameters (MRT – Mean Radiant Temperature, PMV – Predicted Mean Vote), an air bio-filter to remove VOC, and a fully mineral thermal insulation plaster which is market ready in 2016. CFD-Modelling of indoor environments was performed for validation.

More information about the project and its consortium can be found at: www.cetieb.eu

 

AMANAC: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Cluster  

The AMANAC-CSA ran from January 2015 to December 2016, and aimed to create an effective and long lasting collaboration and coordination between projects approved in the frame of the EeB-PPP, whose activities addressed the development of (nano)materials, components and systems for the improvement of the energy efficiency in the built environment. The thematic areas within AMANAC were formed in order to take advantages of synergies between different European projects and to support the projects in expanding their social and industrial impact hence making them more productive, competitive and successful. Further information is available on the AMANAC-CSA website(http://amanac.eu/).

The thematic area “Indoor Environment” was one of 6 thematic areas, and was concerned with nanotechnologies to deliver improved indoor air quality (IAQ), and more broadly better indoor environmental quality (IEQ), in energy efficient buildings. The thematic area included five European funded projects: BRIMEE, ECO-SEE, H-HOUSE, OSIRYS and CETIEB.  The University of Bath led the IEQ thematic area, and undertook coordination and clustering activities including the organisation of regular meetings, both via Skype and at suitable conferences and project events.  The thematic area also promoted the exchange of information via the AMANAC wiki (accessible from the AMANAC website), which includes a Material and Product Gallery to highlight the output and achievements of the AMANAC projects. The AMANAC website will remain live until 2023, and whilst there will be no periodic updates, registered users can still add content, and continue to utilise the AMANAC wiki as a forum for discussion and a platform for disseminating project results. The ECO-SEE Networking co-ordinator is available to provide support with the wiki.