This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723868.
Concept and objectives:
“Development of innovative lightweight and highly insulating energy efficient components and associated enabling materials for cost-effective retrofitting and new construction of curtain wall facades.”
The EENSULATE project is a 42-month research project supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme with the main aim to develop innovative lightweight (35% weight reduction compared to the current best performing modules), highly insulating energy efficient components as well as associated enabling materials for cost-effective retrofitting and new construction of curtain wall façades.
EENSULATE represents an ambitious project, which aims to introduce a novel unitized curtain wall system capable of meeting the market demand.
It is expected to be an affordable (28% reduction of total refurbishment costs), high performance prefabricated façade retrofitting solution with reduced weight and thickness.
It aims to bring existing curtain wall buildings to “nearly zero energy” standards, reducing energy bills by at least 20% while complying with the structural limits of the original building structure and national building codes.
The EENSULATE project focuses on the two main products: the EENSULATE foam and EENSULATE glass.
Highly insulating mono-component and environmentally friendly spray foam for the cost-effective automated manufacturing and insulation of the opaque components of curtain walls as well as for the significant reduction of thermal bridges during installation and lightweight and thin double pane vacuum glass for the insulation of the transparent component of curtain walls, manufactured through an innovative low temperature process.
Three different demo buildings addressing curtain-wall constructions and historical buildings will be used for validation of results in different climatic conditions.
The project is coordinated by D'Appolonia S.P.A. from Italy and consists of 14 partners:
- AGC GLASS EUROPE SA from Belgium,
- SAES GETTERS S.P.A., FOCCHI S.P.A. and UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE from Italy,
- SELENA LABS SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA, BERGAMO TECNOLOGIE SPZOO and GMINA MIEJSKA DZIERZONIOW from Poland,
- UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON and UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER from The United Kingdom,
- EVONIK NUTRITION & CARE GMBH from Germany,
- TECNICAS DE VIDRIO TRANSFORMADO SL from Spain,
- Van Berkel & Bos U.N. Studio B.V. from Netherlands
- FENIX TNT S.R.O. from Czech Republic.
Start date: 1 August 2016 - End date: 31 May 2021