The seismic and energy retrofitting of existing European buildings with innovative materials is addressed in this report. The need for retrofitting of old buildings emanates from their substandard design in terms of both earthquake resistance and thermal insulation. This is revealed during strong earthquakes that result in collapses and damages of old buildings and consequently in economic losses, severe injuries and loss of human lives.
Post date: 21 Aug 2018
The rapid worldwide growth of the construction industry during recent decades has resulted in an enormous increase in the global production of Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW), placing an enormous strain on the environmental. The industry urgently needs to implement changes to economic policy and decision-making criteria to address this issue and to safe-guard the environment.
Some challenges to be overcome:
Post date: 29 Jun 2018
VIPA International is organizing a conference entitled ‘More space and saving energy with Vacuum Insulation Panels’. This event (free of charge) will take place on Thursday morning, 27 September 2018, in Vienna, Austria.
Post date: 28 May 2018
By Daniel Quenard (CSTB)
Following years of research and development by EU-funded, national and international projects, Super-Insulated Materials (SIM) have achieved maturity. The industry is now rolling out market-ready solutions.
Post date: 19 Dec 2017
Vacuum tube window technology for highly insulating building fabric: An experimental and numerical investigation
Post date: 5 Dec 2017
The preamble of this interisting publication describes perfectly the relevance of its content:
Post date: 23 Oct 2017
"Die energetische Gebäudesanierung gehört zu den zentralen Stellschrauben der Energiewende. Der Gebäudebereich allein ist in Deutschland verantwortlich für rund 35 Prozent des Energieverbrauchs und für 30 Prozent der energiebedingten CO2-Emissionen. Ein besonderer Fokus der energetischen Sanierung liegt dabei auf privaten Wohnhäusern, die knapp zwei Drittel des Gebäudebestandes ausmachen. Es gibt in Deutschland rund 14 Millionen Ein- und Zweifamilienhäuser und etwa vier Millionen Mehrfamilienhäuser.
Post date: 20 Oct 2017
External insulation of new buildings as well of existing buildings can substantially improve the thermal performances of buildings. Some recent fires, in particular the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, has drawn the attention to potential fire risks of such facades. This new report, released by the Belgian Building Research Institute (BBRI), deals with various aspects of fire safety of such facades.
It aims to:
Post date: 27 Sep 2017
Q-Bot project (Fast and economic insulation of buildings using robotic systems) is developing an innovative underfloor insulation system that has the potential to improve the energy foot print of millions of Europe's least energy efficient buildings by as much as 25% while reducing installation costs by 50 to 75%. The small robotic device is unique and superior to other underfloor insulation in that it can access uneven and tight spaces and underfloor voids in order to install insulation.
Post date: 15 Aug 2017
Robust Internal Thermal Insulation of Historic Buildings
RIBuild is a Horizon 2020 research project that develops guidelines on how to install internal thermal insulation in historic buildings while maintaining their architectural and cultural heritage.
The project's purpose is to reduce energy consumption in historic buildings in order to meet the EU 2020 climate and energy targets.
Significant potential for energy savings in historic buildings
Post date: 8 Aug 2017