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IMPROVED ISOLATION MATERIAL FOR ECO-BUILDING BASED ON NATURAL WOOL (WOOL4BUILD)

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The solution proposed will be based on the development of panels made of wool by-products and waste coming from tannery industry, which will be combined in appropriate quantities with fibres in order to obtain the final solution. Several combinations and qualities of wool will be analysed and obtained to determine the best performance from acoustics and thermal level. Specific treatments will also be applied to the products in order to optimise their additional features. Additionally, due to the natural origin of the raw material and the intrinsic heterogeneity in its properties, a prediction tool will be developed in order to determine the best proportions of each product. Once obtained the product, all required certifications and standards will be obtained, developing a wide replication plan at international level, including pilot sites in Spain and Italy.

Benefits

The valorisation of up to 50.000kg/year of wool by-products. The reduction in energy and resources consumption (up to 52%). The improvement in recyclability potential (up to 100%), the significant reduction of air emissions (up to 92% in some cases) and the optimisation of energy efficiency, acoustics performance and comfort in buildings.
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Results

- To increase the thermal and acoustics (both airborne sound and impact noise) isolation properties of panels, optimizing the energy efficiency and the level of comfort in the buildings where the WOOL4BUILD solutions are installed- To substantially improve the hygrometric performance of panels, being able to absorb up to 33% moisture and help to maintain comfort conditions, adding or removing humidity depending on conditions- To optimize other additional features of panels compared to current solutions, mainly  related to insect and fire resistance, mechanical resistance, adaptability and lightness, durability, good handling and recyclability- To develop a product with low environmental impact, able to replace currently used materials based on non-renewable raw materials and/or obtained through poor energetic efficiency processes, as polymeric materials, and inorganic wools of glass and rock.- To give a high added value to by-products and waste material from tannery companies, opening a new business line for companies in this sector.
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INDUSTRIAS PELETERAS SA
Carretera de Montesa
16650 Valencia
Spain
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Name: 
Manuel Rios Navarro

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Duration:
01/10/2014 to 31/03/2017
Contract number: 
ECO/13/630249