Today, primary energy use in the built environment accounts for about 35% of total EU energy consumption. In order to reduce the energy and carbon burden linked to materials and components, Europe will see an increasing pressure on their sustainable performance, i.e. longer service life, multifunciontality as a primary step to create added-value of material use, more efficient use of primary raw materials, an increase in recycling as well as an increasing use of renewables.
The aim of the project is to reduce the global energy impact of buildings thanks to improvement of insulation panels performance in regards of energy performance and consideration improvement of mass transfer into them. The main goal is to propose a methodology for hygro-thermal design of buildings, based on reliable tools and methods. The aimed methodology should be able to qualify and to quantify the novel solutions, representing energy impact of mass transfers. DECODE project will use existing wood-based construction (INCAS houses but will also test innovative construction materials like modified cork or advanced foamed plastic, and construction materials based on vegetal fibres, as application example.