The research project aims to develop a wood-mycelium composite construction method for CO2-neutral, circular interior fittings for office spaces to upgrade existing buildings. Adaptive and flexible building systems that focus on people's well-being are being researched. Based on the potential of fungal mycelium, as a rapidly renewable, regenerative, affordable low-carbon building material, bio-composite construction methods for interior applications will be explored in conjunction with additive wood-based manufacturing processes. As myzelium has excellent sound-absorbing properties but low load-bearing capacity, composite construction of wood and myzelium is the focus of research as a viable technology for the future.
Automated processes are being developed for the efficient creation of 3D lattice structures from indigenous wood species, which serve as reinforcement and moulding scaffolds for biogrowth. The composite material produced in this way is characterised by series of tests with regard to mechanical load-bearing capacity and room acoustics. Computer-aided simulation methods will be used to develop approaches for static calculation, which will be calibrated with the experiments. Based on the property and requirement profile, parametric work displays are used in the form-finding process. Possible value chains for the implementation of a circular economy are conceptualised and the CO2 expenditures over the life cycle are balanced and compared with other solutions established on the market.
To achieve these goals, a project consortium with different specialisations from the University of Kassel (Prof. Eversmann), KIT (Prof. Hebel) and ARUP (Dr.-Ing. Jan Wurm) will be formed. This ideally combines the expertise and research findings on additive manufacturing technology, biogrowth technologies and integrated design and engineering that are necessary and connectable for this project.