Today’s material closeup features Mykor, a Portugal based company and their innovative MykoFoam, a mycellium-based insulation.

It offers excellent thermal and acoustic performance while being derived entirely from renewable, bio-based waste resources. Its production process starts from waste generated by the paper industry which is then combined with mycellium for its characteristics of breathability, fire resistance and low carbon impact. Speaking of low impact the whole production process consumes up to 90% less water than plastic-based solutions and its embodied carbon is up to 60% lower. Mykor also implements an end-of-life recycling policy for all its panels, embracing a more circular approach to construction materials.

"Our mission is to decarbonise the construction industry, by creating sustainable, bio-based insulation materials from industrial waste," says Sofia Duarte, Marketing Manager at Mykor.