Construtex Project: new applications of textiles on construction
The project will assess the potential for using resources (materials, techniques) from the textile industry in the construction sector. It will start by identifying needs and gaps in the sector in order to check if technical textiles could be applied, with the right adaptations. The proposals will be subject to a technical and economic feasibility analysis, as a prior step before becoming R&D projects.
Development of a European Evaluation Document (EAD) for innovative fibre boards
A European H2020 project is developing a new medium density fibreboard (MDF) free of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOC) using industrial cellulosic waste as raw material. A product of this nature is outside the scope of the harmonized standards that regulate MDF boards, so a specific evaluation procedure will be required in order to bring it to the market with the required CE mark.
Bloc-Replastic project: concrete blocks with plastic waste
Its objective is to obtain a prototype of a precast block made of concrete containing plastic waste that, due to its cost, aesthetics and technical performance, can be advantageously positioned in the market. The project covers the selection of the optimal type of waste, the detailed definition of the industrial manufacturing process, the testing program and the certification of the final product.
Life Reusing Posidònia project: low environmental impact vegetal insulation
Life Reusing Positronia is an EU-funded project that involves the construction of a building to demonstrate the feasibility of producing dwellings with a very small environmental footprint. It tests building systems where thermal and acoustic insulation is provided by dried marine plants that are collected on a beach near the site. ITeC has contributed to the calculations of energy consumption and CO2 emissions derived from the building materials chosen.
Homeskin project: development of high-performance insulation materials
Homeskin is a project within the European Horizon 2020 program, and its goal is the development of new products and building solutions for thermal insulation based on AABC composites, which have an aerogel content that can achieve 3 times more efficiency than standard insulation products. ITeC's has monitored how these new products fit within the European building standards so that they can enter the market as smoothly as possible.
Assessment of structures built with a composite material
This product developer wants to use a metal-fibre composite to prefabricate structures for outdoor installation, thus exploiting the competitive advantage of this material. In order to estimate the adequacy of such a building product, ITeC has analysed the applicable regulatory and functional requirements in the Spanish market. This has made possible to draft a lab test plan to demonstrate the structural and fire performance, and also the compliance with health requirements of the synthetic component of the product.
Analysis of the requirements that affect an innovative ceramic product
The developers of a new system of flexible ceramic meshes needed to anticipate how a product of this kind would meet the current building codes. Therefore, the analysis has identified the technical, practical and regulatory barriers that will appear if the product is used as façade cladding and as outdoor paving, so they can be addressed during the final stages of product development.
Cable transit hidden inside partition walls
Contribution to the design of a new building solution for routing cables inside partition walls, with emphasis on the technical and legal aspects.
Analysis of requirements affecting a drywall system
Contribution to the development of a new system for building drywalls, providing advice to its designers on the technical and functional requirements to be met, and how to certify the system to ease its entry into the Spanish market and the major European markets. The certification meets some difficulties, being an innovative system that is outside the scope of the standards that regulate conventional drywalls.
Mechanical characterization of a floor slab
Testing program to define the structural performance of a prototype built with self-supporting sandwich plates in the shape of a galvanized steel sleeve filled with insulating material. It has found its flexural and shear resistance so that the test results can be used later on for certifying of the building solution according to the Spanish regulations.