Technology for Wood and Natural Fiber-Based Materials

Research Project

High durability and fire performance WPC for ventilated facades (HIFIVENT)

The Fraunhofer WKI is part of the consortium of the European project HIFIVENT. The project is supported by the European commission under the 7th Framework Programme. The project emerged as a business opportunity for the development of a new ventilated façade system (outdoor building envelop) based on high durability wood polymer composites (WPC) that improve the performance and solve the problems associated with the currently used materials (aluminum, stone, ceramic and wood).

The consortium shows a correct balance covering the entire value chain of the product from the manufacturers of raw materials to the end user:

  • 5 complementary SMEs. BAVE (DE), Wood fibers and agricultural residues. PROLABIN (IT) Flame retardant nanoparticles manufacturer. BEOLOGIC (BE) WPC compounder. ESCANERO (SP) plastic manufacturer. UXAMA (SP) façade manufacturer,
  • 3 RTDs experts in: TECNALIA (SP) cellulosic fibers modification, processing and testing of WPCs and ventilated façade design. WKI-FRAUNHOFER (DE), WPCs based on long fibers. UNIV. PERUGIA (IT) biocomposites and nanoparticles modification


Programm: Research for the benefit of SMEs, FP7-SME-2013-605891