The research group Biobased Construction collects, develops, valorises and disseminates knowledge about the application of biobased materials in construction and civil engineering. It focuses on residential and non-residential construction, existing and new buildings, foundations, constructions, the finishing of facades, roofs and the interior and on civil applications in road and hydraulic engineering. The research group is part of the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (CoE BBE), a collaboration between the HZ and Avans.
The researchers carry out practice-based research in cooperation with (international) companies, research institutions and students.
The research group focuses on building materials and systems that are produced from agro-residual flows available in the region. The focus is for example on building materials and composites from flax, hemp, bamboo and wood and insulation materials such as (flax) lime hemp, mycelium, reed and straw and weed. By examining bio-based building materials from Zeeland and Brabant companies in particular, sustainable networks can be created that offer opportunities for employment and start-ups.
A good example of the practice-based research of this lectorate is the development of the knowledge database www.biobasedbouwen.nl. It has created this in cooperation with 40 companies and knowledge institutions from the Green Deal Biobased Construction. Through this knowledge bank, everyone - from the builder to the policymaker and client - can gather and share knowledge about the availability and application of bio-based materials, products and building concepts.
In Western Europe, the construction sector contributes to 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, and worldwide, one third of total raw material production is used in the construction sector. Sustainable bio-based building materials have enormous potential, both from an environmental and an economic perspective for companies. Before supporting constructions made of bio-based building materials are applied, there should be an initial investment in maintaining the constructive reliability over a longer period of time. The project Living Lab Structural Health in BioBased Constructions will give substance to this.