The main objective of BRIMEE project is the development of better performing insulation materials for improving building energy performances and having a significant reduction of building operational energy, in combination with the capability not to emit harmful substances and to act as an absorber for indoor pollutants.

The innovation is based on a Nano-Cristalline Cellulose (NCC) based foam, strengthened with natural derived resins, providing mechanical strength, lightweight performances and furthermore self extinguishing features. In addition, an enzymatic approach and protein fusion to the cellulose basis is exploited to confer to the material additional functionalities from the bulk, such as fragrance release, water repellence or anti-bacteria.

Thanks to advanced processing developed and refined within the project, the NCC material can be profitably extracted from the waste streams of the pulp and paper industry, therefore increasing the sustainability of the end product, at no compromise on its performances.


Paper mills waste Nano Crystalline Cellulose Foam Nano Crystalline Foam loaded with Bio-Resin


Although the BRIMEE product family is applicable for the envelope and interior partitions of both new and existing buildings, most of the impact and the largest market are represented by building built before 1975 and requiring retrofitting. This is considered the initial market to be addressed, in line with EU priorities and recent action plans and directives, and confirming the approach to increase the value of building stock, improving the quality of life for the inhabitants and reducing the overall environmental footprint of the building process.

The final aim of the project is therefore to produce panels that can be well acceptable from building designers, architects, and the end users, thanks to their joint active involvement into the project, concurring the development of a product representing a real marketable solution for the end users.

Three fully operational components are expected to be delivered at the end of project suitable for:

  • Outer insulation panel, suitable to be applied for the building external envelope;
  • Internal insulation panel, to be applied on the internal surface of the envelope;
  • Internal partition panel.


In addition, the project will demonstrate the innovation through two demo buildings located in different climatic zones, Spain and Czech Republic.


Spanish Demo, Factory in Las Cabezas, Seville Czech Republic Demo, Brno