grodome runs an innovation and knowledge centre for
ecological and bio-based building. The mission of
Agrodome is to stimulate and facilitate the transition of
the building industry to an industry based upon a circular, bio-
based economy. The aim of our mission is to improve the building
sector by using building materials which cause as little damage to
the environment as possible and create a comfortable and
healthy indoor climate. To reach this goal we work on research, the
development of products and the creation of market strategies for
stakeholders in the building sector.
The office of Agrodome is based in a demonstration house for the
use of renewable building materials inWageningen, the Netherlands.
Agrodome is a networkorganisation.We
have a small core group
and a broad network of experts available. The experts of
Agrodome are involved in lifecycle assessment (LCA) and
environmental product declaration (EPD) projects, demonstration
projects, expositions and knowledge exchange projects in the field
of eco-building concepts, materials and products.
Agrodome helps companies make visible their environmental
impact by performing LCA studies. To translate LCAs for
communication purposes, we make EPDs. Based upon these
studies, we give advice to manufacturers on how to improve their
products to reduce environmental impact.
Agrodome works on national and European levels
Agrodome was the Dutch partner in Interreg IVB. The new project
‘Cycle Assessment Procedure of the Eco-impacts of building
Materials’ (CAPEM) was part of the Interreg IVB cluster project
ENVIREO, a cluster on sustainable building. Both projects ended
in 2014. Agrodome is now an observer in the Interreg IVB project
Grow2Build (developing flax and hemp for use in the building
sector) ending this year.
Agrodome is a member of the European CAPEM group, which was
formed after the Interreg project. Other group members include
cd2e and Globe 21 (France), National Green Specification and
Renuables (UK), and VIBE (Belgium). The group is active in the
building sector in the field of cycle assessments of the eco-
impacts of materials and has demonstration centres to inform
about the use and possibilities of building materials, products
and concepts. CAPEM is a member of the ECO Platform, a
platform to create a European system for EPDs. The CAPEM group
is also leading the Product Environmental Footprint thermal
insulation pilot study for the European Commission.
Building SME clusters and co-operating
Agrodome believes in co-operation to strengthen knowledge and
As such, Agrodome became secretary of the Green Deal Biobased
Building, which gathered approximately 40 SMEs, knowledge and
education organisations active in the construction sector together
with the ministries of economic affairs, infrastructure and
environment, and home affairs(www.greendealbouwen.nl). Th
initiative aims to create a level playing field for bio-based
products and is being developed by teams that focus on the
position of bio-based materials, products and construction
concepts in environmental and building regulations, how to
improve knowledge sharing, and ways to develop a common
communication and marketing strategy for bio-based materials,
products and construction concepts.
Agrodome is also a member of Green Deal Circular Buildings
(concerning the role of the circular economy for utility buildings)
and Green Deal Natural Fibres (concerning the optimal use of
natural fibres like hemp and flax), and has a lot of projects
running with educational centres on various levels for innovation
of ecological and bio-based building products.
Developing tools, making knowledge accessible
Agrodome has co-created information tools on website bases to
make them easily accessible and future-proof.
A short introduction of Agrodome’s activities and how they can achieve better
building for the future
Better building for the future
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