The renovation of the building stock in Europe: an essential opportunity to store carbon in buildings
In the next decades, a large share of residential buildings in EU-28 is expected to be renovated
and a large amount of insulation materials will be produced. Bio-based materials are a
valuable alternative to insulate the buildings and the biogenic carbon can be stored in the built
environment for a relative long time. This article investigates the effect of massively storing
carbon in construction when different bio-based materials are used. The results show that only
bio-based material with a very fast regrowth, e.g. straw, have an effective potential in removing
carbon from the air in a very short-time, and can contribute to achieve the Paris Agreement
goals by 2050.
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