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16.10.2017

Bio-based materials vs GM materials

One of the main contributors of CO2 emissions are the homes we live in. In the EU, buildings are responsible for 36% of CO2 emissions and 40% of energy consumption.

Researchers argue that, compared with using traditional mineral-based materials in construction, “eco-friendly” durable composites can slash by half the embodied energy and improve insulation by 20%. This means better efficiency but also reduced building costs. The hitch, though, is what bio-based materials to use. And is it advisable to avoid GM products?

The European project ISOBIO, which is developing innovative solutions to boost the use of bio-based materials in construction, has opted to avoid GM materials.

Read the full article here.

Source: ISOBIO project