Fibre cellulose mortar was developed with a different formula in the USA in the 1920s. The mixture never reached the commercialisation stage due to the high cost of cellulose. In the 1980s with the increment of waste paper, several alternative groups in the USA began experimenting with different compositions of mixtures and buildings; however, most of them were experimental one-off projects.
In 2003 Jose Zavala began developing a formula that could withstand the English weather, to be mass produced and with increased thermal properties.
In 2006 we formalised this development by registering the company.
In 2008-09 while supported by Cambridge University and funded by Carbon Connection Ltd we formally develop the material and into an initial product.
In 2009-10 Econovate® contacted Lignacite Ltd to start manufacturing trials. The Trials showed the need to design machinery to achieve lab results.
In 2010-11 after months of consulting and designing, Econovate® contacted Tarmac Building Products Ltd to support us with developing bespoke technology. This work showed the need to set up a demonstration plant to be able to probe the production process.
In 2011-12 Econovate® was fundraising while improving the process through small trial of machines and a short testing work of the product at Bath University.
In 2013-14 Econovate® was awarded enough funding by DECC entrepreneur funds to set up a demonstration plant and reach commercialization with a certify product.
In 2015, Econovate® achieved all the necessary certifications to go into production. In 2016, Econovate® began production in small scales. Recently has also successfully raised funds to automatize the pilot plant. This will increase production to supply demand and will give us the parameter to set up a full size plant. In 2017, Econovate® has successfully made the plant automatic and in March has begun production and estimate that will take around 6 months to reach full capacity product for this plant. Several exemplar building are in execution expecting to be finish by the summer.