From waste to biomaterial: Developing mycelium and waste-based materials for the building industry

Why?

Acoustical panels and interior walls are large waste groups in the built environment because of the short cycle of refurbishment in most building types.

In office buildings interiors are partially redecorated approximately once a year.

Mineral wool used for acoustical absorbents and thermal insulation still cause pileup of a large volume of post-consumer waste that is currently sent to landfill.

Waste and mycelium-based biomaterials can reduce the built-up of this type of waste whilst providing low-impact production and recycling.

Vision

We believe that the future of the built environment is not only circular – it is regenerative. Discussions about circular construction often focus on recycling technical building components and optimisation of production processes. This will enable reuse or recycling of materials. It will however not enable us to provide a built environment to an increasing population. For this purpose we need to develop regenerative buildings and to truly embrace regenerative building design we need to also develop mass produced biomaterials that:

  • Are renewable and biodegradable
  • Can replace current building materials with high environmental loads
  • Can eliminate problematic waste streams
    We believe that by transferring the biggest recycling process found in nature to the building industry, we can develop waste and mycelium-based biomaterials.

Short description

Mycelium and waste-based biomaterials have great market potential both nationally and internationally. Through co-creative processes new biomaterials will be developed for the building industry.

Throughout the next six months we will:

  • Complete material tests on different combinations of different mycelium species and waste types.
  • Develop buildability and fabrication protocols and
  • Provide proof-of-concept through design and construction of acoustical panels, interior walls and a spatial structure.
  • Document a business case for waste and mycelium-based biomaterials.
  • Develop a knowledge-sharing platform.

Being a part of the CCC will not only provide proof-of-concept and technical data about waste and myceliumbased materials. It will also initiate what will become a multi-layered platform for knowledge sharing and product development

What do we need to get started?

Mycelium-based biomaterials are developed all over the world on a grass-root level. What we need is to combine the knowledge developed in research projects and grass-roots and develop new standards for how to document compliance and how to automate the manufacturing process for different design solutions.
We also need to develop a business case for large scale biomaterial manufacturing, perform market surveys and develop a multi-layered knowledge platform.

Why?

Acoustical panels and interior walls are large waste groups in the built environment because of the short cycle of refurbishment in most building types.

In office buildings interiors are partially redecorated approximately once a year.

Mineral wool used for acoustical absorbents and thermal insulation still cause pileup of a large volume of post-consumer waste that is currently sent to landfill.

Waste and mycelium-based biomaterials can reduce the built-up of this type of waste whilst providing low-impact production and recycling.

Who are behind?

partners

Søren Jensen

How do we contribute?
Søren Jensen’s role is to 1) plan and manage co-creative processes taking place in three tracks, 2) to provide engineering consultancy on the design of new acoustical panels, interior walls and small enclosed structure and 3) contribute to the development of a business case for waste and mycelium-based biomaterials and the design of a multi-layered knowledge-sharing platform.

universities

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

How do we contribute?
A 3rd year PhD student will constribute to the development of new building material recipes and fabrication protocols

CITA

How do we contribute?
Contributes to the development of production protocols using novel woven formwork.

KADK

How do we contribute?
Consult on buildability and fund raising.

Aalborg Universitet

How do we contribute?
A senior researcher from CREATE will consult on prototype development from an architectural perspective.

Universidade Nova De Lisaboa

How do we contribute?
Contributes with environmental consultancy and application for further funding of Life Cycle Assessments.

waste management

Solum

How do we contribute?
Contributes with consultancy on uses of different waste streams, examining new business cases and delivery of waste samples for testing.

Valoriza Servicios

How do we contribute?
Consultancy about waste treatment.

performance testing

Teknologisk Institut

How do we contribute?
Performance testing (waster and vapor resistance, compression and tensile strength, fire resistance and thermal conductivity) on 4 material recipes from two fungal species.

building product development and fabrication

Cameroon Service of Sanitation

How do we contribute?
Consultancy about waste treatment.

ODICO

How do we contribute?
Development of automatic robotic fabrication protocols including on-site molds of temporary wax forms.

Tripplex Acoustic Standard

How do we contribute?
Co-creation on developing acoustic ceiling panels.

New Board Company

How do we contribute?
Co-creation on developing interior wall modules.

Minor Change Group

How do we contribute?
Collaboration on business strategies, funding and largescale production.

design firms

JDS

How do we contribute?
Ideation and design of prototypes.

Redhouse

How do we contribute?
Consultancy on design of prototypes and fabrication protocols using previous experience with mycelium building design.

VERMLAND

How do we contribute?
Construction of a small spatial structure of modular elements at specific building site.

LOOP architects

How do we contribute?
Consultancy on design of prototype and integration on specific building project application.

mycelium growers

Beyond Coffee

How do we contribute?
Pasteurization of waste and mix of recipes for protype execution at an onsite biolab

platform developers

GLIMPS

How do we contribute?
Co-creation on generation 2 of an existing open recipe sharing platform, and open source business models including a global stakeholder network

Growstack

How do we contribute?
Strategic advice on business development focusing on open-source and communities

construction clients

Region Midt

How do we contribute?
Adviser with a declared interest in the building products.

Hanegal

How do we contribute?
Construction client with a declared interest in the building products and a possible building case .

Naturhistorisk Museum Aarhus

How do we contribute?
Adviser with a declared interest in the building products.

Want to get in touch?

If you are interested to hear more about the project, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Søren Jensen is an engineering company characterized by great curiosity, high competency and courage to take on new challenges. By combining hardcore engineering with new technologies, passion and dreams we strive to create inspirational and artful engineering for the next generation of the built environment. We believe the next generation of buildings will be regenerative and user-centric.

Having set a strong team, we are still looking for industrial partners who will contribute in:

  • Largescale manufacturing of waste- and mycelium-based biomaterials
  • Industrial processing and treatment of biowaste
  • Business developers

Jon Wedersøe Strunge
MSc. Architectural Engineering, Integrated Energy Design.
jws@sj.dkj
+45 41949471

Hanne Tine Ring Hansen
PhD, MSc. Sustainable Building Design
hrh@sj.dk
+4541949426