Reducing the environmental impact of buildings is the primary objective of the Life Reusing Posidonia project. The venture, funded by the European Union under its Life + 2012 programme, proposes to reduce pollution in the construction of new buildings and the production of waste by 50%, and cut the energy consumed in heating and cooling by 75% and the amount of water used by 60%.
The Life Reusing Posidonia project – in which ITeC has been actively involved in, with the institute’s BEDEC data base being used for the calculation of CO2 emissions – is centred on using materials and techniques found in many of the world’s traditional architectures in order to make our cities more environmentally friendly.
The name of the project derives from the proposal to use, among other constructive solutions, dried Posidonia oceanica seagrass as a thermal and acoustic insulating element. Life Reusing Posidonia proposes a range of suitable materials, most of them from the biosphere, and the recovery of techniques typical of traditional architectures.