In office buildings, interior walls are very often only temporary in nature. After a certain period of time, the need arises to divide up the space differently, and then interior walls, of whatever type, are removed and replaced by new ones, possibly in a different location. Building and demolishing like this has a serious ecological impact. It also requires a large investment in time and resources from the client.
We want to change that with JuuNoo. This is how we came up with the idea of creating an interior wall that is easier to dismantle and can easily be rebuilt or sold in a different configuration. The important thing is that the wall does not lose any of its quality and that the acoustics remain good. In this way, we obtain an alternative that will score much higher than a traditional wall, both economically and ecologically.
In collaboration with the circular laboratory De Potterij in Mechelen, Eddy Ghesquire, VDAB & Alfatex, the building system was tested against various practical conditions. These experiments evaluated the quality and circularity of the JuuNoo system. The results were made public.
Through this project, an interesting collaboration with Gyproc Belgium was established, which produced great results in the lab. Our aim is to develop further collaborations in 2019.
The innovations developed within this project have been secured in 3 Belgian patents, 2 of which are currently in international application.
Given the results achieved, we have also decided to start a capital round of €1.5 million in the summer of 2019. This will significantly accelerate our growth and allow our team to further grow to 10 full-time employees by 2021. Even after that, our enthusiasm will be unstoppable, because there is also a plan ready to scale up strongly in the coming years and thus push the market towards a circular economy.