Project breakdown
in 6 Working Packages

Working Package 1

General design of the construction system value chain

Innovation in sustainable construction systems with a "value chain" perspective allows to obtain a complete image of it by identifying all the actors involved in providing value when building/rehabilitating with it. This value chain extends from the availability and supply of renewable raw materials to the final market, thus crossing the boundaries established by the traceability systems.

- Analysis of current uses of wood and cork in the Sudoe area
- Sustainability analysis (triple balance) of current uses of wood and cork
- Definition of the technical requirements and environmental quality of the raw material

A.1.1 Analysis of autochthonous wood availability (P. pinaster, P. halepensis, P. nigra) and cork (Q. suber))
A.1.2 Integrated forest harvesting systems and certification of traceability in the forest-industry harvest chain
A.1.3 Analysis of current uses of wood and cork in the Sudoe space
A.1.4 Sustainability analysis (triple balance)
A.1.5 Definition of the technical and environmental quality requirements of the renewable raw material

Working Package 2

Design and manufacture of interconnected modules for sustainable construction / rehabilitation and energy efficiency

- To analyse pre-existing construction systems compatible with the new modules
- To design the prototypes of the interconnected modules based on the preliminary analysis
- To manufacture the prototypes that offer the best results, complying with the existing regulations

The GT2 develops the modules of interconnected prefabricated panels from local resources of wood and cork. These modules are of two types; some used as vertical separators with housing partition functions and others as horizontal separators with structural function. The size, the logistics, the gluing, the number of layers, the thickness of the layers or the joints between modules (for easy assembly and disassembly) are characteristics that are defined in this GT.

A.2.1 Interlocking panels design for sustainable construction and rehabilitation
A.2.2 Preliminary analysis of existing compatible construction systems
A.2.3 Future potential uses of disassembled parts
A.2.4 Manufacture of interconnected panel prototypes

Working Package 3

Prototype test

The physical properties of the modules and the properties of the assembly and disassembly are evaluated through prototypes in certified laboratories belonging to the participating partners.

A.3.1 Structural analysis
A.3.2 Acoustic insulation analysis
A.3.3 Thermal insulation análisis for energy efficiency
A.3.4 Reaction to fire analysis
A.3.5 Durability and dimensional stability analysis

Working Package 4

Environmental assessment: integration of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in the assessment of climate change mitigation and energy efficiency

The construction system proposed in IMIP aims to improve energy efficiency of buildings from cradle to grave. To be able to analyse this system and others, we will develop the technology of a plug-in to integrate the impacts based on the Life Cycle Analysis of materials and systems, including energy efficiency and costs. This technology, based on the BIM programs, will be a scientific tool to allow decision makers to compare scenarios with a complete set of constructive related social, economic and environmental key performance indicators perfectly defined. This systematization will be focused on energy efficiency, the reduction of emissions, the analysis of environmental risk, the evaluation of the environmental impact and the creation of employment.

A.4.1 Development of a plug-in for BIM to evaluate energy efficiency and to estimate the climate change mitigating effect on wood and cork construction elements
A.4.2 Quantification of the carbon sink (UNE-EN 16449:2014)
A.4.3 Life Cycle Analysis (harvest, transport, first and second transformation, use, disassembly and recycling) (SimaPro)
A.4.4 Representative solutions simulation using Virtual Reality for decision making

Working Package 5

Technical and economic assessment: pilot actions for the construction / rehabilitation of public buildings

Technical and economic evaluation of the implementation of the innovative eco-construction system in 4 representative public building projects in the Sudoe space (2 new and 2 rehabilitated). Pilot actions will be a real one in Spain and three simulations (one in Spain, one in Portugal and one in France).

- Comparison of modular interconnected insulation panels with currently used insulation panels
- Technical and economic evaluation in four representative public buildings

A.5.1 Pilot action 1: Panel use in 4 representative public building projects in the Sudoe space (2 new and 2 rehabilitated))
A.5.2 Pilot action 2: Analysis of energy efficiency improvement in pilot projects with current construction systems

Working Package 6

Dissemination and transfer of knowledge

- Transfer knowledge to the target groups of the different countries
- Carry out the dissemination of knowledge and project results
In order to maximize the impact, the results will be communicated to industrial partners, the scientific community, society in general, and especially those responsible for formulating policies and plans to improve energy efficiency in buildings.

A.6.1 Analysis of barriers and drivers (administrative, socioeconomic and environmental) for the use of autochthonous wood and cork from the Sudoe area for construction and rehabilitation of public buildings
A.6.2 Roadmap for the implementation of solutions based on interconnected panels
A.6.3 Capitalization

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Innovative Eco-Construction System Based on Interlocking Modular Insulation Wood & Cork-Based Panels

Design, validation and implementation of an ecological construction system based on natural biological materials to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, contributing to the mitigation of climate change.
Modular interconnected wood and cork insulating panel systems can replace traditional systems, generating technical, environnemental and socio-economic benefits for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, through the implementation of networks and joint experimentation.

The IMIP project is co-financed by the Interreg Sudoe program and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Total eligible cost (€): € 1,326,162.88
ERDF fund (€): € 994,622.63


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