BIO-RECEPTIVE MATERIALS – EPSRC FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECT

12 MONTH OBSERVATIONAL STUDY

The wall panels on display are part of the EPSRC-funded research “Computational Seeding of Bioreceptive Materials” and are focused on developing a new type of bioreceptive façade panels. The work is being done in collaboration with industrial partner Laing O’Rourke.

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Image credits: Paul Smoothy

Using a novel type of bioreceptive concrete and environmentally driven geometrical design, the panels aim to enhance the growth of cryptogamic covers (algae, lichens and mosses) directly on the surface of the façade panels. Following a design phase, 3 geometry types were chosen for fabrication and testing.

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This work stage encompasses a full seasonal observation study of 18 panels, split into the 3 geometry types with a pair-wise comparison between 3 bioreceptive seeded panels and 3 control panels cast using traditional Portland concrete. Randomly ordered, the panels are exposed at a north-west facing orientation for data collection and analysis. The observation system will record raw quantitative data including photography of biocolonisation as well as measurement of biomass, presence of moisture, and thermal regulation.

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TEAM:

Professor Marcos Cruz (Principal Investigator)
Bill Watts (environmental engineering)
Richard Beckett (design and manufacturing)
Dr Sandra Manso Blanco (biology and material science)
Dr Chris Leung (environmental testing and research
engineering)
Javier Ruiz (technical assistant)

Acknowledgements:
We are grateful to Michael Pelken, Laing O’Rourke