The renovation of the building stock in Europe: an essential opportunity to store carbon in buildings

  • Francesco Pittau
  • Guillaume Habert
  • Giuliana Iannaccone

Abstract

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.

Published
2019-11-16
How to Cite
PITTAU, Francesco; HABERT, Guillaume; IANNACCONE, Giuliana. The renovation of the building stock in Europe: an essential opportunity to store carbon in buildings. Tema: Technology, Engineering, Materials and Architecture, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 147-157, nov. 2019. ISSN 2421-4574. Available at: <http://artecweb.org/ojs2/index.php/TeMA/article/view/235>. Date accessed: 03 mar. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.17410/tema.v5i2.235.
Section
Building and Design Technology