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Formulation and testing of an entirely wood-based exterior insulation board for the high-performance building market

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68HE0D18C0024
Agency Tracking Number: B176B-0001
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 17-NCER-6B
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-17-00028
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-31
Small Business Information
137 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915-6538
United States
DUNS: 080880566
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joshua Henry
 (207) 233-1737
Business Contact
 Joshua Henry
Title: President
Phone: (207) 233-1737
Research Institution

The goal of this project is the formulation a rigid, insulating, low-density wood composite, with physical and thermal properties comparable to fossil fuel derived foams. _x000D_
To achieve energy conservation standards mandated by certification agencies such as Passive House and LEED, high performance buildings require multiple shells of insulation – an inner shell that contains electrical and plumbing systems and an exterior, structural insulation located directly below outer facing of the building. In the United States this insulation shell is generally achieved using either rigid, low-density boards made from polystyrene foam – a $4B annual market. Low-density wood fiber (LDF) insulation boards are an environmentally sustainable product and could be manufactured cost competitively in the US. _x000D_
The technical hurdles that need to be addressed in this SBIR project to make that a reality are 1) Develop a fundamental understanding of the material variables that most impact the mechanical strength and thermal properties of low-density wood composites and 2) investigate the feasibility of replacing polyurethane binding agents with entirely renewable materials. The renewable binding agents we intend to investigate are nanocellulose and SynerXiD-WCB, which have been successfully used in other wood composites and can be derived from marginal wood and agricultural feedstocks.

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