Launch of the INBUILT project to transform European sustainable construction practices

  • Sustainable Development
  • International
Published on February 12, 2024 Updated on February 12, 2024

on the February 12, 2024


The Horizon Europe INBUILT project, coordinated by Université Côte d'Azur, held its kick-off meeting the week of January 29, 2024, on the Valrose campus, with the ambition of advancing sustainable construction practices across Europe.

The aim of the project is to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of buildings throughout their life cycle by introducing innovative products and systems.

INBUILT's strategy includes the development and demonstration of 10 innovative products and systems, including large-scale adobe blocks, recycled fired and unfired bricks, hybrid straw-clay panels, recycled concrete and recycled concrete blockss, prefabricated exterior and interior wall elements made from used wood, smart windows with frames made from recycled glass and bio-PUR, prefabricated biobased curtain walls, recycled insulating mats made from waste paper and textile fibers. Recycled bio-sourced insulation panels/photovoltaic infill and second-life panels.

"These innovative solutions are essential in our journey towards sustainability, using locally sourced biomaterials and geomaterials as well as reused and recycled elements to mitigate the construction sector's impact on greenhouse gas emissions. "Professor Erwin Franquet, Université Côte d'Azur, project coordinator

One of the main features of the INBUILT project is the integration of a digital platform using a building information modeling (BIM) approach. This platform will streamline the entire lifecycle of construction projects, from design to end-of-life, and will be enhanced by Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). The INBUILT approach will be demonstrated in real-life contexts in France, the UK and Germany, demonstrating its viability and adaptability.

The project focuses on the shift from traditional construction models to more sustainable and efficient methods. This change is essential to align with Europe's sustainability goals and preserve resources. INBUILT will focus not only on new construction, but also on the renovation of existing structures to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the construction industry.

Coordinated by Université Côte d'Azur, the INBUILT project involves a consortium of 16 partners, including researchers, architects and technology providers. The project, which began on December 1, 2023, will run until May 2027. It is funded to the tune of 7.3 million euros by the EU's Horizon Europe research and innovation program as part of the Built4People partnership, which brings together the entire construction value chain to accelerate human-centered innovation for a sustainable built environment.
Project information
  • Full name: Innovative bio/geosourced, reused and recycled products coupled with a BIM-based digital platform for ultra-low-carbon circular economy, energy and resource efficiency
  • Total cost: 9.4 million euros - EU contribution: 7.3 million euros
  • Duration: December 2023 - May 2027
  • To follow the progress of the project: X @INBUILT_project // LinkedIn INBUILT Project.
  • Université Côte d'Azur (France)
  • Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (France)
  • Leipfinger-Bader GmbH (Germany)
  • Institute of Construction Technology of Catalonia (Spain)
  • University of Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Rénovation Terrasense Associación (Spain)
  • Indresmat SL (Spain)
  • Heinrich Feess GmbH & Co KG (Germany)
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
  • Baltifloc SIA (Latvia)
  • Filiater (France)
  • Greenovate ! Europe (Belgium)
  • Biofab Zero Environmental Technologies Lda (Portugal)
  • Lux Façade Engineering s.a. (Luxembourg)
  • Eskilara S.Koop Txikia (Spain)
  • ZRS Architekten Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH (Germany)
  • International Building Exhibition 2027 StadtRegion Stuttgart GmbH (Germany)
  • University of Bath (United Kingdom)
  • Material Cultures (United Kingdom)