ECOR and Schiphol Airport Co-develop World’s First Circular Temporary Wall System
ECOR and Royal Schiphol Group‘s completed the first phase of a collaboration to integrate ECOR materials and building products for use in renovation and new construction at the Schiphol Airport.
The first phase of collaboration focused on the development and deployment of ECOR-based temporary wall systems and separation walls and construction barricades, which were specially developed for Schiphol Airport, which are lighter and last longer than other conventional temporary wall systems, and can also be recycled and reused at the end of use.
In this special cooperation between Schiphol Airport and ECOR, innovation and sustainability are a natural part of how both companies think and work. Schiphol’s challenge to become world’s first 100% sustainable airport perfectly fits the innovative ECOR technology; a perfect example of how ECOR enables others in reaching their Circular Economy ambitions.
ECOR provides a circular economy solution to convert a problematic cellulose fiber waste into effective and highly functional building material compliant with all safety and construction requirements at Schiphol.
The initiative originated at an Ellen McArthur Foundation meeting between Jeremy Croes, Sustainability & Innovation coordinator at Schiphol and Eric Logtens, ECOR´s Corporate Director Circular Economy about a year ago. After a few months of Research & Development technologically composing the right alloy of fibers a clean and highly effective temporary wall system was designed. Designed for disassembly the framework and panels can be easily separated and reused, recycled or even composted for they are 100% recyclable and 100% bio-based.
The ECOR panels soon will be manufactured in the Netherlands starting at the Van Houtum joint venture with ECOR, this will be an alternative to materials like MDF or chipboard, both in manufacturing process and chemical composition. The project now being in a start-up development phase will lead towards superior requirements for applications that fit Circular Economy principles and cradle to cradle compliant closed loop material flows. By applying Circular Economy principles, Royal Schiphol Group’s and ECOR have created a new standard in the transition towards Circular Economy in the built environment.
ECOR enables waste materials, to be converted into a strong and exceptionally versatile structural composite panel. ECOR is made from waste fiber, water, and heat only.
It is 100% bio-based, 100% comprised of recycled waste materials, 100% recyclable, and is cradle-to-cradle compliant. Last year ECOR developed a temporary wall system used at construction sites at the Schiphol airport made from used drink packages, such as milk or yogurt, that are trash from the airport, and miscanthus (elephant grass) that comes from the airport immediate surroundings, this alloy was named “Schiphol-ECOR alloy”.
The used miscanthus is grown by contracted local farmers at Schiphol’s estates and the cellulose based waste materials such as beverage containers come out of the waste stream of the passengers’ terminals at Schiphol. The ECOR manufacturing process binds the cellulose fibers to each other, without the use of toxic glues and resins, using only water, heat and pressure.