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Bio-based construction - Research & Innovation (15EC)

Current social developments and changes are raising new questions and problems that are mostly of a very complex nature. Investigative skills and social responsibility are expected of an HBO (higher professional qualification) professional. In order to gain an understanding of and feel for these, you assume the role of a researcher in this advanced minor at HZ University. You learn how to perform practically-orientated research. You do this partly by following the instruction but above all by carrying out your own research for an organisation. This research is offered to you by one of HZ’s research groups. In addition, every HBO student is expected to be able to tackle these questions and problems in a more and more integrated fashion and in an increasingly multidisciplinary manner. You then go more and more beyond the bounds of your profession and you deal more and more with areas in which others are specialists. So the employment market demands not just specialists but also generalists with a critical eye and a proactive approach. Your research may be part of complex, wide-ranging, multidisciplinary research taking several years. So it may be that you carry out research together with students of other disciplines. In your research you will be supported by an experienced researcher and a process-supporting lecturer.

Bio-based Construction

Within the Bio-based Construction research group, students and lecturer-researchers from HZ and Avans carry out joint research. They deal with both construction and civil engineering applications, with a strong emphasis on the materials side. In addition to construction, other areas of expertise such as chemistry, product design, health, mechatronics and maintenance may also be linked to this research. The aims of the research group are:

• strengthening, expanding and upscaling existing bio-based construction products

• developing, testing and using new product(s) (ideas)

• research into market applications

• the study of and, if possible, advice on amendment of regulations and government policy

• formulation of a ‘business case’ and setup of the chain organisation.

Here one might consider, for example, research into structural properties, the validation of health claims regarding innovations initiated by the construction sector and also by inexpensive agro-residues. New materials offer new design opportunities, with mechanisation and cost price reduction being real requirements in order in the end to achieve a lower cost price and larger-scale production.


In this minor you learn how to set up, carry out and defend practically-orientated research. See also the brief description of the content above.

Aanvullende informatie

This minor is offered by various Bachelor’s programmes and has both a 15 EC and a 30 EC variant. State which variant you wish to pursue and with which Bachelor’s programme. You can choose from HBO ICT, Architecture, Chemistry, Engineering and Logistics Management.

Conditions for annotating the degree:

Internally (to HZ), no conditions apply other than that the minor must be successfully completed. Externally, other conditions might apply. (Ask your own institution about this).


For participation in this minor, the conditions set down in the implementation regulations of the Bachelor’s programme that offers the minor apply. You will find the implementation regulations on


1. Development into a professional

May vary by Bachelor's programme

Weighing: 25%

Min. grade: 5,5

2. Research products

Research proposal, research report and defence

Weighing: 75%

Min. grade: 5,5


Two or three days per week. The length and nature of these vary.